DRAIN HELPS CASE
I READ about the saga of the drain behind Atwell House in the Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group (SERAG) spring newsletter.
SERAG had spent time and energy over many years cleaning up what was a smelly and weed choked drain running directly into the A-class nature reserve and marine park at Alfred Cove.
Hundreds of volunteer hours of regular maintenance were contributed and thousands of dollars were raised to manage weeds and buy replacement vegetation.
SERAG replanted the drain with vegetation, mainly sedges to effectively filter the contaminants, pollutants and nutrients collected from roads, residences and businesses around the Canning Highway.
Families of ducks, other birdlife and swamp tortoise had begun using it as habitat.
A request for the drain to be slightly deepened and widened was agreed by two relevant departments in the City of Melville.
The contractor undid years of SERAG’s steady work and environmental gain when he cleared the drain of all the carefully planted vegetation and possibly the creatures that were living there. That was in June.
On August 29, in a half-page advertisement in the Melville Times, the Perth Surf Park supporters posted a photograph of the cleared drain with the caption “The Surf Park proponents will rejuvenate this stormwater drain that currently washes pollutants from Canning Highway into the Swan River”.
The advertisement also claimed that “the surf park will result in numerous environmental net improvements including a reduction in fertiliser run-off to Alfred Cove, improvements to adjacent stormwater drains…”. Clearing the drain has seemingly helped the case of surf park supporters. TOM LUBIN Attadale