Deep Water Point Upgrades Begin

Works are commencing on the first upgrade project happening at the iconic Deep Water Point site, kicking off with the refurbishment of the change rooms to include a ‘Changing Place’ facility starting the week beginning Monday, 16 May. The change room upgrade will also be followed with the start of construction on a new Dome Café later in the year.

Mayor Russell Aubrey said after years of planning and consultation, the City of Melville was excited to be kicking off works on a number of improvement projects at Deep Water Point that aim to enhance the recreational purposes of the area while still maintaining and protecting the natural environment.

“The change room refurbishment will convert the current change rooms to accessible public toilets with the addition of a separate ‘Changing Place’ facility that will include a full sized change table and hoists. The upgrade is an exciting addition to the area as part of the nation-wide ‘Changing Places’ initiative, which was supported by a $100,000 grant to the City from the Disability Services Commission in August 2016,” he said.

“The new Café, which was successfully secured by Dome through a tender process, will also replace the existing café facility and at a later point, include a new playground and community facility.

“We acknowledge that there will be some disruption at the site over this period and we appreciate the understanding of the community. We will endeavour to minimise the impact on people visiting the location by providing portable toilet facilities and ensure the continuation of our food truck program on-site to ensure people can still enjoy a drink or meal,” Mayor Aubrey said.

The upgrades were identified in the Concept Plan for Deep Water Point following input from the community, and are the first for the area with an improved boat ramp and foreshore revetment works to follow in the coming years.

The foreshore has also been identified by the Department of Parks and Wildlife (formerly the Swan River Trust), as a priority area for management action with high levels of erosion and loss of vegetation which has led to instability of the foreshore and a decline in the natural ecosystem.

To find out more and stay up-to-date on the changes proposed to Deep Water Point visit www.melvillecity.com.au/deepwaterpoint or contact the City of Melville Customer Service Team on 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.