Geraldton MLA Ian Blayney has today welcomed the Premier’s announcement of a proposed open-plains zoo for Western Australia.
“I visited Adelaide in 2013 and spent a day at the open plains zoo at Monarto, 70 kilometres east of Adelaide.
“I was so impressed that on my return to Geraldton, I wrote to Premier Barnett advocating for such a zoo to be established in Western Australia.
“Open plain zoos will have a huge role in the preservation of endangered species. The animal that first comes to mind is the rhinoceros. These imposing animals are fast being driven to extinction in Africa, by poachers selling their horn.
“I’d hoped that Geraldton might be considered for such a facility but it is important that the zoo is located within an hour’s drive from Perth. I think Chittering is a good choice.
“There is nothing quite as amazing as seeing these animals roaming freely in the open plains, living peacefully,” said Mr Blayney.
The proposed zoo will be located on the Avon River at Lower Chittering next to the Avon Valley National Park.
“it will be an amazing attraction for visitors to Western Australia and locals alike,” said Mr Blayney.