City secures wetland
The City of Bayswater has successfully negotiated the purchase of the Carter’s wetland located at 128 King William Street adjacent to the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary.
The purchase by the City, at a cost of $3.5 million, means that the City has control of the future use of the land, removing the threat posed by private development.
Carter’s Land is a seasonal wetland that was under threat from a neighbouring development that would potentially have seen cul-de-sacs and associated filling intruding into part of the site.
A report by Consulting Ecologists, identified that Carter’s wetland was host to a wide range of native fauna, including the Quacking and Clicking frogs, Red Tail Cockatoo, Rufus Whistler and a host of invertebrates.
The Carter’s land’s seasonal role as a wetland, with its natural changes in water levels, also supports the eco-system in the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary, Gobba Lake and the Swan River.
Funding for the purchase of the land, which was completed at the end of October, was provided by the City of Bayswater ($2 million from reserves) and the WA State Government ($1.5 million).