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About Our Foreshore

The City of Melville features 18km of Swan-Canning Estuary Foreshore stretching from Petra Street Bicton in the West, to Bateman Park Brentwood in the East. The area ranges from narrow grassed areas to substantial conservation reserves. Notable highlights include Alfred Cove which is part of the Swan Estuary Marine Park, Point Walter Spit, Blackwall Reach Cliffs and Point Heathcote.

Water Birds

Our foreshore reserves provide habitat and feeding grounds for a large number of water birds, including the Black Swan, Fairy Terns and Osprey. Some of the foreshore is part of the East Asian-Australiasian Flyway; a significant international flight path for migratory birds. These international travelling birds fly from the northern hemisphere and northern Australia to nest of feed along the foreshore at certain times of the year.

For more information on birds found locally see the City of Melville’s Bird Watching Guide.

Foreshore Management

The condition of the foreshore in our City can vary in condition from excellent to poor. This is largely because of the impact of urban development, poor understanding of estuarine processes and some upper catchment influences.

The major problems facing the City along the foreshore are:

  • Weeds
  • Erosion
  • Litter.

We are working hard to tackle these large scale programs. As of 2022, we have a dedicated Foreshore team that consists of a Foreshore Officer, Foreshore Works Crew Team Leader and a Foreshore Works Crew Team Member. The Foreshore Team sits within the Natural Areas Division and works closely with DBCA and Community groups to improve the Foreshore condition.

For more information on foreshore condition, restoration and stabilisation works see Foreshore Restoration Strategy Review and Final Report

Foreshore Projects

Below is a list of our current foreshore projects occurring in the City of Melville. For more information please contact City of Melville on 9364 0666.

Foreshore Revetment Project: Blackwall Reach Parade, Bicton; Waylen Bay and Point Heathcote, Applecross

This project was noted as a high priority in the Foreshore Restoration Strategy Review and includes four sites;

  • Site A along Blackwall Reach Parade near Quarantine Park, Bicton
  • Site B near Crewe St, Blackwall Reach Parade, Bicton
  • Site C in Waylen Bay, near the Sea Scouts Hall, Applecross
  • Site D at Pt Heathcote, Eastern foreshore near the South of Perth Yacht Club, Applecross.

Sites A & B will see the restoration of the current rock revetment to better protect the area from erosion. Native vegetation will be planted where appropriate to help stabilise the foreshore dune.
 Site C will see the regrading of a steep slope that will enable vegetation to stabilise and grow. This will help to minimise the risk of erosion to this slope, especially as plantings to date have failed.
Site D will see the removal of weeds, regrading of the slope, and infill to protect this culturally significant area protected from erosion. Old rubble that is present along this small stretch of foreshore will be removed permanently offsite.
 
These works are schedule to take place in 2022 with planting likely to be completed in the winter of 2022.

Bird Viewing Platform, Troy Park

As part of the Attadale, Alfred Cove Foreshore Masterplan the City is working with the Friends of Melville Bird Sanctuary, SERAG and DBCA to construct a bird viewing platform in Troy Park. Once complete, this platform will be another vantage point to view water and migratory birds in Alfred Cove and can be used by all members of the community.  Construction is to commence in winter, 2022.

Click here to learn more about the Attadale Alfred Cove Master Foreshore Plan and the Friends of Melville Bird Sanctuary or SERAG

Attadale Dog Beach Revegetation, Page Street to Point Walter Reserve

In conjunction with Department of Parks and Wildlife Riverbank Program, the City of Melville has been undertaking foreshore restoration of the area between Page Street and Point Walter, Attadale. Native sedges, shrubs and trees have been planted to improve the condition of the foreshore vegetation and reduce erosion of the dog beach. Access to the beach has been maintained at a number of formal access ways.
 
Revegetation has been undertaken over the last four years, and more is planned for winter 2022.

How You Can Help

There are many ways in which you can get involved in helping to improve the environmental integrity of our foreshore while still enjoying the estuary.

Volunteer Groups

If you would like to be more actively involved, we have several volunteer groups focussing on foreshore restoration.

See our Environmental Volunteer Groups map to find your closest foreshore volunteer group. 

Adopt-a-spot

Adopt-a-spot helps keep your favourite foreshore spot litter free by doing regular litter clean ups. We have partnered with Keep Australia Beautiful's Adopt-a-spot program. Registering a spot with us means you can receive free clean up resources, insurance cover and an adoption certificate.

For more information and to express your interest contact waste@melville.wa.gov.au

Other Ways To Help

When you are down at the foreshore you can:

  • Stick to the path and avoid trampling through vegetation
  • Leave only footprints on the sand and put back any shells, crustaceans, urchins you may find beach combing
  • Keep your distance when shorebirds are present
  • Take your rubbish home with you or place it responsibly in a nearby bin. If the bin is full or overflowing, find a less full bin to put your waste in to prevent litter from blowing into the environment. Contact us to request the emptying of a public bin.
  • If you are fishing, please use the Fishing Line Bins to place damaged or unwanted fishing line and hooks; better yet, take them with you to dispose safely
  • Only take your dog to the Dog Beach Areas located in Attadale and Applecross. Keep them restrained and on a leash at Canning Beach Rd and the Esplanade. All other Foreshore areas please stick to the footpath and keep your dog on a leash. There are several other dog friendly areas around

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