Foreshore Restoration

About Our Foreshore

The City of Melville features 18km of river foreshore around the Swan and Canning Rivers. The City of Melville foreshore stretches 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.

Water Birds

Our foreshore reserves provide habitat and feeding grounds for a large number of water birds, including the Black Swan. Some of these birds are migratory flying from the northern hemisphere and northern Australia to nest or feed at certain times of the year.

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

Foreshore Management

Because of development and the impact from various urban factors, these foreshore areas differ in condition from excellent to poor.

The major problems facing the City along the foreshore are:

  • Weeds
  • Erosion
  • Litter.

For more information on foreshore condition, restoration and stabilisation works see the City of Melville 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 Stabilisation Project- Deep Water Point and Mt Henry Jetty

Designs for this project were completed in 2017, with construction scheduled for Summer 17/18. The Deep Water Point project is designed to stabilise the foreshore between the jetty and the boat ramp, which has been steadily eroding since the land was reclaimed. The design will feature several rock nodes and limestone walls around the back of three small beach areas. Trees will be planted in the nodes, which will be made from biscuit rock suitable for recreation. The project will stabilise the foreshore and support the boat ramp and cafe upgrades.

The Mt Henry Jetty project will provide stabilisation around the edge of the jetty and under the Mount Henry bridge. It will be a mix of native vegetation and limestone walls and revetment, to create a usable but natural space for recreation and habitat reasons. As much existing native vegetation will be retained as possible.

Weed removal and Stabilisation of Bateman Park Foreshore

The City of Melville will be undertaking a grant project in conjunction with the Department of Parks and Wildlife Riverbank Program. The City was awarded funding to remove woody weeds which are currently invading the foreshore between Spinaway Crescent and Brentwood Avenue, Brentwood, and replacing them with native trees and sedges.

The project is being undertaken to improve the condition of existing foreshore vegetation, increase natural recruitment and increase foreshore resilience against erosive pressures. This work will follow on from weed control and revegetation works in the adjacent sites around the Brentwood Main Drain and Bateman foreshore areas. It will reduce weed re-intrusion into these sites and further downstream, enabling improvements in habitat, biodiversity, water filtration and amenity values along the entire area of Bull Creek foreshore.

Contractors will be conducting removal of weed species such as Japanese Peppers, Palm trees and Chinese Apple trees in February 2019. Revegetation works will then be undertaken in winter 2019.

Melville Beach Road Foreshore Restoration

In conjunction with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions Community Rivercare Program, the City of Melville will be conducting foreshore restoration in the area between Cunningham Street and Conon Road in Applecross.

The grant funded project aims to improve the condition of existing native foreshore vegetation and increase foreshore resilience against the existing erosive pressures. Works will involve closure of unauthorised beach access tracks, removal of weed grass between the Swan River and the concrete pedestrian footpath within Tompkins Park (East) reserve along Melville Beach Road.

Site preparation will be undertaken by contractors who will conduct chemical weed control and ripping of the area prior to revegetation in Autumn 2020. Planting of native sedges along the foreshore to increase the riparian buffer between grassed parkland and the Swan River will then be undertaken by City Staff and volunteers during Autumn and Winter 2020.

Please note areas of grassed parkland will be retained beside the Cunningham Street carpark and surrounding memorial benches opposite Conon Road. See image of project area.

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