The head of a State Government plan to build a pipeline network to better provide water to farms has brushed off concerns native animals would be impacted by the project. Southern Forests Irrigation Co-operative chief executive Jeremy Bower has assured wildlife was taken into consideration before the proposed 15GL reservoir would be constructed about 3km to the east of the river on Record Brook. It comes after Citizen Science Community Project volunteer Jenny Carley snapped a photo of a quokka near the Stewart Tree near Manjimup, the world’s tallest recorded karri tree, and expressed concern for the future of the vulnerable species and others like it if the proposed scheme goes ahead. Ms Carley was taking part in a project to help record populations of mammals in the Southern Forests when she spotted the iconic mammal. Mr Bower said there had been extensive surveys conducted by experts which factored in native animals and wildlife. “We have completed three detailed, level-two flora and fauna surveys across not just the development footprint, but a much wider area so that we can access what species may be impacted and hence where else they can be found,” he said. “This all forms part of the environmental impact assessment which will be available for all the public to review.” Ms Carley said she was seriously concerned about the potential impact. “My concern is the effect it would have on the quokka population in the area as well as other native animals,” she said. According to the DBCA, quokkas are listed as vulnerable under both the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and the Western Australian Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. They are also subject to the Australian Government’s Quokka Recovery Plan, which began in 2013 to support the population of the species.