Revegetation of yards to be funded
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.