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.