Have your say on fu­ture of our river

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News -

A MA­JOR project is un­der­way to so­lid­ify what we want from Perth's most fa­mous stretch of the Swan River and its sur­rounds in the fu­ture – and those re­spon­si­ble want to know your thoughts.

Up for con­sid­er­a­tion is the sec­tion of wa­ter be­tween the city's Nar­rows and Win­dan bridges – an area syn­ony­mous with spec­tac­u­lar city views, cruis­ing boats, put­ter­ing fer­ries and Aus­tralia Day fire­works.

The Perth Wa­ter Precinct Plan is it­self only at plan­ning stage but it con­tains plenty of talk­ing points, in­clud­ing more ferry stops, a sep­a­rate cy­cle­way across Heiris­son Is­land, pro­pos­als for float­ing barges and more free moor­ing docks.

Eight gov­ern­ment agen­cies, in­clud­ing the Depart­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions and the coun­cils of Perth, South Perth and Vic­to­ria Park, are work­ing on a plan to bal­ance greater use and de­vel­op­ment with mea­sures to en­sure sus­tain­abil­ity of one of the city’s great­est nat­u­ral as­sets.

The depart­ment’s rivers and es­tu­ar­ies branch act­ing man­ager, Glen McLeodThorpe, said peo­ple could use an in­ter­ac­tive web­site to share is­sues and op­por­tu­ni­ties that they think should be taken into ac­count.

“They can agree, dis­agree and com­ment on the ideas but we want to have a dis­cus­sion with the Perth com­mu­nity about Perth Wa­ter. Most im­por­tantly, they can sug­gest new ideas and have a broader dis­cus­sion,” he said.

The web­site www.bit.ly/ perth­wa­ter is live and peo­ple can have their say through­out Au­gust. The Perth Wa­ter Vi­sion Group ex­pects to com­plete a draft precinct plan by the end of the year, ready for pub­lic com­ment early in 2019.

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