River­bank restoration

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

A MA­JOR upgrade to Gar­vey Park river­bank was en­joyed by the pub­lic for the first time dur­ing last Sun­day’s Avon De­scent.

Re­cent works at the pop­u­lar site, in­clud­ing re­grad­ing the bank, build­ing a new beach and rock head­lands, were part of a joint $2.1 mil­lion pro­ject be­tween the State Gov­ern­ment’s River­bank pro­gram and the City of Bel­mont.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob in­spected the park last week and said the re­cent works would help pro­tect the beach, in­fra­struc­ture and rem­nant veg­e­ta­tion.

The State Gov­ern­ment has worked with the City of Bel­mont since 2010 to re­de­velop the fore­shore as part of the De­part­ment of Parks and Wildlife’s River­bank pro­gram.

Stage three of the four-stage pro­ject is now com­plete, re­ceiv­ing more than $379,000 in the 201415 River­bank fund­ing round. The Gov­ern­ment has in­vested a to­tal of $600,000 in the pro­ject, with the City of Bel­mont con­tribut­ing the re­main­ing $1.5 mil­lion.

Mr Ja­cob said the trans­for­ma­tion at Gar­vey Park would pro­vide en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits to the Swan River.

“The River­bank pro­ject is fo­cused on pro­tect­ing fore­shores and in­fra­struc­ture, and im­prov­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and pub­lic amenity of the Swan Can­ning River­park, with the re­sults at Gar­vey Park a tes­ta­ment to the suc­cess of the pro­ject,” he said.

City of Bel­mont chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art Cole said the City was com­mit­ted to en­hanc­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and was proud to have co-funded all as­pects of the pro­ject, with an ad­di­tional con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the view­ing deck.

Bel­mont MLA Glenys God­frey said the pro­ject was a great out­come for lo­cal res­i­dents.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob, Bel­mont MLA Glenys God­frey and Bel­mont chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art Cole at Gar­vey Park.

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