Fore­shore fun takes shape

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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