Reveg­e­ta­tion of yards to be funded

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

COTTESLOE MLA Colin Bar­nett said the State Bud­get next week will in­clude money for reveg­e­ta­tion of the dis­used Leighton Mar­shalling Yards and restora­tion of the coast from North Fre­man­tle to Cottesloe.

“It’s a great nat­u­ral as­set that’s not yet been fully taken ad­van­tage of by the peo­ple of WA, but it most cer­tainly will,” Mr Bar­nett said about the dis­used yards when he opened a $1.3 mil­lion kiosk and change rooms at ad­ja­cent Leighton Beach, North Fre­man­tle on Fri­day.

Com­mu­nity groups have lob­bied for funds to im­prove the yards and coast since plans be­came un­cer­tain for the re­align­ment of Curtin Av­enue through the yards dur­ing Bud­get squeezes sev­eral years ago.

On Fri­day, Mr Bar­nett did not de­tail the amount of fund­ing for the reveg­e­ta­tion but ac­knowl­edged com­mu­nity protests in the 1990s to pro­tect the yards from be­ing over-de­vel­oped.

He said the yards were still “bare and bar­ren” and they would be part of a long-term project to re­store the coast at the south­ern end of his Cottesloe elec­torate.

The City of Fre­man­tle-built kiosk and chang­ing rooms re­placed a road­side ice cream kiosk that was more than 50 years old be­fore it was de­mol­ished for the Leighton Beach devel­op­ment of apart­ments and a re­vamped Fre­man­tle Surf Life­sav­ing Club.

Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­titt said the devel­op­ment was now a proper fam­ily and bar­be­cue area but any anti-so­cial be­hav­iour it may at­tract, such as burnouts done on lawn next to the new kiosk on An­zac Day, would be pre­vented by bol­lards in the fu­ture.

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