Pro­tec­tion for fore­shore

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

FORE­SHORE Park along Point Roe in Mos­man Park will get Bush For­ever pro­tec­tion in a pro­posal from the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion (WAPC), which the Town of Mos­man Park sup­ported at last month’s coun­cil meet­ing.

“The Town has al­ready iden­ti­fied its high en­vi­ron­men­tal value and cur­rently man­ages this area as a ‘bush­land area’,” a staff re­port said.

The WAPC has pro­posed rat­i­fi­ca­tion of 12 Bush For­ever sites across Perth.

Point Roe’s fore­shores on two lots along the Swan River and Black­wall Reach, are pop­u­lar with jog­gers, dog walk­ers, fish­ers and ca­noeists.

They are of­ten sub­ject to ero­sion, littering and de­grad­ing from unof­fi­cial paths, in ad­di­tion to van­dals prun­ing trees to cre­ate views.

Bush For­ever clas­si­fi­ca­tion would mean the fore­shores being sig­nif­i­cantly val­ued in WAPC plan­ning for long-term pro­tec­tion, bio­di­ver­sity and en­vi­ron­men­tal worth.

How­ever, it does not pre­vent some forms of de­vel­op­ment, which WAPC con­sid­ers con­sis­tent with its plan­ning across Perth.

Af­ter 117 let­ters were sent by the coun­cil to nearby res­i­dents about the pro­posed changes at Point Roe, there were con­cerns from some that the pro­tec­tion could “over veg­e­tate” the point’s park, ob­scur­ing views.

“The Bush For­ever pro­vi­sions do not com­pel the coun­cil to plant more veg­e­ta­tion or ‘con­vert’ the area into thick bush­land,” the re­port said.

The pro­posed change in­cludes lift­ing Bush For­ever pro­tec­tion from the north­ern part of the lot im­me­di­ately down­stream of the point, which hosts Mos­man Park Ten­nis Club, a carpark and cov­ered play­ground.

The ad­ja­cent Rus­sell Brown Ad­ven­ture Park, for­mer cool­ing ponds and bar­be­cues in the south­ern half of the lot would stay Bush For­ever.

Res­i­dents who ob­jected to the change on the split lot feared the site could be­come available for high-rise de­vel­op­ment. “I have reser­va­tions about whether it could be pro­tected,” Coun­cil­lor Zenda John­son said.

How­ever, the re­port said the half-lot site would be re­zoned parks and recre­ation, which would not al­low de­vel­op­ment.

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