City ac­tive on en­vi­ron­ment

Comment News (Gosnells) - - Street Watch -

THE City of Gos­nells has been do­ing its bit for the en­vi­ron­ment, with two eco-friendly projects be­gin­ning or com­pleted last week.

The City an­nounced work had of­fi­cially be­gun on a four-year $400,000 plan to re­ju­ve­nate Yule Brook and the wet­lands sur­round­ing Mills Park in Beck­en­ham.

Around 10,000 plants will be planted as part of the City’s wet­land man­age­ment plan for the park.

Ri­par­ian species have been selected based on nearby ref­er­ences, such as the Brix­ton Street Wet­lands, to cre­ate a plant range sim­i­lar to what would have nat­u­rally grown at the site hun­dreds of years ago.

This un­der­storey plant­ing will com­ple­ment the many ex­ist­ing marri, flooded gums and pa­per­bark trees at the venue.

Ear­lier this year, Mills Park was awarded an Aus­tralian-first six-star Pub­lic Build­ing as Built cer­ti­fied project, recog­nis­ing it as one of Aus­tralia’s most en­ergy ef­fi­cient.

It al­ready has a Six-Star Green Star rating for its de­sign.

Mayor Ol­wen Searle said the City was de­ter­mined to main­tain Mills Park’s eco-friendly rep­u­ta­tion.

“As a lead­ing ex­am­ple of en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity, it is fit­ting that such a com­pre­hen­sive ap­proach has been taken to this wet­land re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion project,” she said.

In ad­di­tion, the City also an­nounced last week it had sal­vaged 100 na­tive Aus­tralian trees as part of its re­de­vel­op­ment of South­ern River Road.

The City paid $18,000 to re­lo­cate the grasstrees from a prop­erty in Madding­ton be­fore its de­vel­op­ment.

Fol­low­ing four days of work to re­move the trees, they were planted in the me­dian strip on South­ern River Drive be­tween Ran­ford Road and Alden­ham Drive.

The tree plant­ing marked one of the last stages of the City’s $14 mil­lion up­grades to South­ern River Road, head­lined by a dual car­riage­way ex­tend­ing from Ran­ford Road to Holmes Street.

Me­gan Crotty, Tony Par­relli and Erin Far­ley tak­ing part in the Yule Brook Reveg­e­ta­tion.d469799

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