Foreshore fun takes shape
SIX new nature play areas have been planned for an area along the Swan River foreshore next to the Perth Stadium. The work will include the planting of 160,000 seedlings and 500 mature trees.
AN area along the Swan River foreshore next to the Perth Stadium will be transformed into 2.6 hectares of rehabilitated parkland and will include six nature play areas.
It has been named the Chevron Parkland after the multinational oil and gas company, which is funding the project.
Premier Colin Barnett and Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies joined representatives from Chevron Australia and Westadium to plant the first bushes last week.
Mr Barnett said landscaping and groundworks had started and would include the planting of 160,000 seedlings and 500 mature trees.
“The area will also include a number of permanent artworks by Western Australian Aboriginal artists that can be enjoyed by families and visitors all year long,” he said.
“The parkland design was developed with input from the Whadjuk community and is inspired by the Noongar six seasons, and I thank the Whadjuk people for their involvement.”
Ms Davies said the nature play areas would encourage children to explore the natural landscape and take part in unstructured play and recreation.
There will also be barbecue areas and picnic facilities set around the lake.
The parkland is expected to be completed in time for the Perth Stadium opening in early 2018.
The involvement of Chevron Australia at the stadium was facilitated by the Westadi-um consortium, responsible for the design, build, partial finance and maintenance elements of the stadium and sports precinct.
Chevron Australia departing managing director Roy Krzywosinski said the multinational oil and gas company was excited to be part of another legacy project for WA.
“We have a long history of environmental stewardship across all our business activities in Western Australia,” he said.
“We are proud to help create a revitalised parkland which will deliver a vibrant new inner-city destination for the comunity to discover and enjoy for decades to come.”
Brookfield Multiplex WA regional managing director Chris Palandri, Chevron Australia managing director Roy Krzywosinski, Premier Colin Barnett, Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies and Nature Play WA chief executive officer Griffin Longley plant bushes at the Chevron Parkland.