Climate Justice Round Table – Message from Bishop Tom

Bishop Tom Wilmott

19 December 2012

Dear Member of Parliament

As a Bishop of the Anglican Church, I understand some of the difficulties and challenges of leadership within a diverse community. This is why the church prays for our elected leaders on a regular basis. I spend a lot of time listening to parishioners. I hear in intimate detail about the things that these people cherish and what they fear.

Many parishioners, especially younger people, are deeply concerned about climate change. These people are often extremely well informed, keeping abreast of the most recent reports from the Climate Commission and other government agencies and what they learn alarms them.

In my experience, many parishioners hope their elected representatives will act in ways that make the climate safe for them and their children. They also care about their natural environment, the places that they love, and they genuinely fear that climate change will harm those places.

This applies with particular relevance to the Rural Church and those whose livelihood depends on agriculture. It is in order to represent these fears as best I can that I have become involved with the WA Civil Society Climate Roundtable, a coalition of civil society organisations – churches, such as the Anglican Church, along with unions, environmental groups, and other advocacy bodies. Joined by common concern about climate change, we have agreed on a set of overarching principles that we believe should inform that policy making of the State government in the coming years.

These principles are attached and it is my hope you will pay close attention to them and allow them to inform policy in this area.

On behalf of the Civil Society Climate Roundtable, I wish to emphasize one particular issue. I am aware that the view is held by some that climate change is an issue for Canberra. I disagree. I believe that climate change is a grave moral issue and it all caring people should to do their utmost to mitigate the damage that it will wreak on our communities and on the environment. Robust, carefully formulated climate policies must lie at the heart of any responsible Government’s political platform – i.e., the triple bottom line.

I notice that such policies are not integral to your party’s platform. This is deeply disappointing to me and the constituency I represent. It is my hope that the Climate Roundtable can help contribute to stimulating a culture of active debate and genuine progress on climate change policy both with regards to reducing WA’s greenhouse gas footprint, and in preparing our State for the worst of the future changes which are already locked into our climate system.

With my sincere hope of continuing this discussion, I enclose the WA Civil Society’s Joint Statement of Principles.

Yours sincerely

+Tom

The Right Reverend Tom Wilmot, Assistant Bishop of Perth

Chair, Anglican EcoCare Commission

Member of Anglican Church of Australia General Synod Environment Working Group

Primate’s Appointee to the Anglican Communion Environment Network

8 Responses to Climate Justice Round Table – Message from Bishop Tom

  1. anne says:

    I am a resident of the area near the proposed Beacon Road development. I am also a parent and the chairperson of my school’s Parents and Friends Committee. Our school, like many, is part of the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI); we are water wise and waste wise and are creating a new permaculture garden for our children’s education and enjoyment. A major part of the garden project is to provide space to encourage contemplation. We are embarking on a major art project, linked to our school’s environment, including indigenous culture, our landscape and the Carnaby’s cockatoo. I have undertaken craft projects at my school relating to the black cockatoos highlighting for the children that these birds are in their backyard. It is with tremendous disappointment and dismay that I have learned that your church’s development project is proceeding in a way that is harmful to the habitat and breeding of this most beautiful bird which is ENDANGERED under Commonwealth legislation and SPECIALLY PROTECTED FAUNA under Western Australian legislation. There are viable options to progress the development in a less harmful way that would promote what you say are your concerns regarding climate change and matters that concern young people. I would like to know how this project in its current form can be justified.

  2. Max says:

    2665 Richardson Road
    PARKERVILLE 6081

    29 July, 2013

    Dear Bishop Tom

    As I live in Parkerville I have serious environmental concerns about the proposed development Lot 1854 Beacon Rd/Richardson West Rd, Parkerville, on land previously owned by the Anglican Church..
    .
    I have read your letter to parliament and The Climate Justice Round Table Principles as submitted to parliament.

    In particular you mention:

    2 Introduce best-practice building and urban design codes for energy and water efficiency in new homes and urban developments, and to develop a comprehensive program to improve energy and water efficiency in existing homes, with an emphasis on providing assistance for low-income households;

    3 Enhance the health and resilience of natural ecosystems through strategic enlargement of existing national parks and conservation reserves; a system of wildlife corridors connecting intact natural ecosystems; reducing threatening processes such as land clearing and deforestation, and enhancing the state’s network of marine reserves;

    5 Develop planning policies with appropriate coastal set-backs to preserve public open space and enhance the resilience of infrastructure and coastal environments to sea-level rise and extreme weather events.

    Very good.

    Hopefully it will concern you to know the planning for the land sold by the Anglican church is basically out-of-step with those Priciples.

    Of great concern is the FACT that upon approval of the current proposed development the habitat of various fauna including the Endangered and Vulnerable Red and White Tailed Black Cockatoos, will be allowed to be cleared.

    Currently our laws and legislation fall short in protecting areas such as these.

    The 200-250 year old trees and tree hollows that are here, cannot be replaced in our lifetime. These trees are valuable to us, our community and the fauna that live here.

    We are appealing to you to please actively begin the processes you are requesting from parliament with this development.
    Time is very short.

    Please actively demonstrate your environmental concerns with this proposed development.

    Make this an outstanding example for all that you stand for and help preserve this valuable habitat.

    At the very least we need suggested modifications to the development from you along the lines of:

    • provide clear instructions as to the type of homes to be built here as outlined in statement number two.

    • enlarge the public open space area to include all of the existing bushland, trees and habitat with no option for clearing. As outlined in statements three and five.

    Your very sincerely

    Max Pinner
    (Yes, Cathy’s ‘other half’)

  3. Gillian Malcolm says:

    Dear Bishop Tom Wilmot

    I am a community member from the Mundaring Shire and have grave concerns,
    on environmental grounds for the proposed development Lot 1854 Beacon rd/Richardson West Rd, Parkerville.
    .
    I have read your letter to parliament and The Climate Justice Round Table Principles as submitted to parliament.

    In Particular you mention
    Quote
    “ 2. Introduce best-practice building and urban design codes for energy and water efficiency in new homes and urban developments, and to develop a comprehensive program to improve energy and water efficiency in existing homes, with an emphasis on providing assistance for low-income households;

    3 Enhance the health and resilience of natural ecosystems through strategic enlargement of existing national parks and conservation reserves; a system of wildlife corridors connecting intact natural ecosystems; reducing threatening processes such as land clearing and deforestation, and enhancing the state’s network of marine reserves;

    5. Develop planning policies with appropriate coastal set-backs to preserve public open space and enhance the resilience of infrastructure and coastal environments to sea-level rise and extreme weather events”

    It is to my knowledge that upon approval of the current proposed development the habitat to various fauna including the Endangered and Vulnerable Red and White Tailed Black Cockatoos will be allowed to be cleared. Currently our laws and legislation fall short in protecting areas such as these.

    The 200-250 year old trees and tree hollows that are here, cannot be replaced in our lifetime. These trees are valuable to us, our community and the fauna that live here.

    We are appealing to you to please begin the processes you are requesting from parliament yourself with this development. We are asking you to please demonstrate your environmental concerns with this proposed development. Make this an outstanding example for all that you stand for and help preserve this valuable habitat.

    Suggestions as mentioned above;

    -provide clear instructions as to the type of homes to be built here as outlined in statement number two.

    -enlarge the public open space area to include all of the existing bushland, trees and habitat with no option for clearing. As outlined in statements three and five.

    Sincerely
    Gillian Malcolm

  4. Ruth Burnie says:

    Dear Bishop Tom Wilmot

    I am a community member from the Mundaring Shire and have grave concerns,
    on environmental grounds for the proposed development Lot 1854 Beacon rd/Richardson West Rd, Parkerville.
    .
    I have read your letter to parliament and The Climate Justice Round Table Principles as submitted to parliament.

    In Particular you mention
    Quote
    “ 2. Introduce best-practice building and urban design codes for energy and water efficiency in new homes and urban developments, and to develop a comprehensive program to improve energy and water efficiency in existing homes, with an emphasis on providing assistance for low-income households;

    3 Enhance the health and resilience of natural ecosystems through strategic enlargement of existing national parks and conservation reserves; a system of wildlife corridors connecting intact natural ecosystems; reducing threatening processes such as land clearing and deforestation, and enhancing the state’s network of marine reserves;

    5. Develop planning policies with appropriate coastal set-backs to preserve public open space and enhance the resilience of infrastructure and coastal environments to sea-level rise and extreme weather events”

    It is to my knowledge that upon approval of the current proposed development the habitat to various fauna including the Endangered and Vulnerable Red and White Tailed Black Cockatoos will be allowed to be cleared. Currently our laws and legislation fall short in protecting areas such as these.

    The 200-250 year old trees and tree hollows that are here, cannot be replaced in our lifetime. These trees are valuable to us, our community and the fauna that live here.

    We are appealing to you to please begin the processes you are requesting from parliament yourself with this development. We are asking you to please demonstrate your environmental concerns with this proposed development. Make this an outstanding example for all that you stand for and help preserve this valuable habitat.

    Suggestions as mentioned above;

    -provide clear instructions as to the type of homes to be built here as outlined in statement number two.

    -enlarge the public open space area to include all of the existing bushland, trees and habitat with no option for clearing. As outlined in statements three and five.

    Sincerely

    Ruth Burnie
    1960 Richardson rd Parkerville

  5. Helen says:

    Dear Bishop Tom Wilmot

    I am a community member from the Mundaring Shire and have grave concerns,
    on environmental grounds for the proposed development Lot 1854 Beacon rd/Richardson West Rd, Parkerville.
    .
    I have read your letter to parliament and The Climate Justice Round Table Principles as submitted to parliament.

    In Particular you mention
    Quote
    “ 2. Introduce best-practice building and urban design codes for energy and water efficiency in new homes and urban developments, and to develop a comprehensive program to improve energy and water efficiency in existing homes, with an emphasis on providing assistance for low-income households;
    3 Enhance the health and resilience of natural ecosystems through strategic enlargement of existing national parks and conservation reserves; a system of wildlife corridors connecting intact natural ecosystems; reducing threatening processes such as land clearing and deforestation, and enhancing the state’s network of marine reserves;
    5.Develop planning policies with appropriate coastal set-backs to preserve public open space and enhance the resilience of infrastructure and coastal environments to sea-level rise and extreme weather events”

    It is to my knowledge that upon approval of the current proposed development the habitat to various fauna including the Endangered and Vulnerable Red and White Tailed Black Cockatoos will be allowed to be cleared. Currently our laws and legislation fall short in protecting areas such as these.

    The 200-250 year old trees and tree hollows that are here, cannot be replaced in our lifetime. These trees are valuable to us, our community and the fauna that live here.

    We are appealing to you to please begin the processes you are requesting from parliament yourself with this development. We are asking you to please demonstrate your environmental concerns with this proposed development. Make this an outstanding example for all that you stand for and help preserve this valuable habitat.

    Suggestions as mentioned above;

    -provide clear instructions as to the type of homes to be built here as outlined in statement number two.

    -enlarge the public open space area to include all of the existing bush land, trees and habitat with no option for clearing. As outlined in statements three and five.

    Sincerely
    _______________

    Helen Grenfell

  6. a.zorn says:

    hi
    Given these are great words and great ideas and a great initiative to help preserve our beautiful land.
    However what is very evident in all of this is the actual actions that are being taken in the case of the Parkerville Children and Youth Cares/Anglican Church land -They are not consistant with the words spoken.

    On the one hand the bishop mentions loss of biodiversity and our natural bushland and on the other he is a part of a group who is happy to clear alot of habitat and 200year old trees used by endangered and vulnerable fauna.

    We would love to be able to believe and stand by our leaders and role models. I would love to see as an example to the children of today and all of us a direct connection and demonstration of what is being spoken about and what is being done about it.

  7. storme says:

    Here is truth as to what has happened in response to the Anglican Church, the Parkerville CHildrens Homes whom Tom Wilmot is the chair person for.
    As I was actively involved in demonstrating my democratic right and tried to help the plight of the red and white tail cockatoos it is now known as a fact with knowledge of Tom Wilmot as discussed with Basil Hannah who runs the childrens homes. That my young family was evicted from the childrens homes land 2 months before Christmas after living there for over 11years.
    It has been declared by Basil Hannah himself to one of his employees that he was not happy with our involvement and consequently evicted us.

    This is dirty work and you should all feel ashamed of yourselves.

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