Restoration Continues at Point Walter Reserve Foreshore
Restoration of one of Perth's most popular and well loved foreshore areas Point Walter Reserve, will recommence in August despite unforeseen challenges temporarily delaying the project.
With its beautiful sandy beaches and expansive grassed areas Point Walter Reserve has long been a popular place to visit and relax or to access the river for boating.
City of Melville Acting Mayor Clive Robartson said with such high activity in the area the City developed the Point Walter Reserve Foreshore Restoration Concept Plan to reduce environmental impacts such as erosion, vegetation loss and weed invasion and to upgrade recreational facilities for future generations to enjoy.
“Stage 1 works were due to be completed by the end of June 2012 and significant progress had been made including a variety of planting to reduce further erosion and the installation of rock toe, brush mattressing, rock rip rap, gabion walls and headlands in various areas,” he said.
“Working in such sensitive conditions can be challenging. Unfortunately the piles that were installed for the new boardwalk unexpectedly shifted in the sand and as a result were not considered structurally sound enough to continue.
“In order to complete the project engineers were forced to develop an alternative solution and the restoration site was demobilised temporarily to ensure proper testing of the new piles and assurance of the future safety of visitors to the Reserve.
“With works due to recommence, the City would like to apologise for the delay and any inconvenience this may have caused. The public will be kept up to-date as the restoration project progresses.”
Through the implementation of restoration projects such as Point Walter Reserve, the City is taking steps to reduce the current impacts on the Swan and Canning River foreshores and protect them from future degradation.
This project will provide an example of how people can enjoy the foreshore area whilst allowing native vegetation to be reintroduced and provide essential environmental function and value.
For more information about the Point Walter Reserve restoration please click here or contact Paul Kellick directly on 9364 0782.