City se­cures wet­land

Guardian Express - - STREET WATCH -

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).

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