Posted on October 19, 2017
The City of Bayswater has successfully negotiated the purchase of the Carter's wetland located at 128 King William Street adjacent to the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary.
The purchase by the City, at a cost of $3.5 million, means that the City has control of the future use of the land, removing the threat posed by private development.
The Carter's Land is a seasonal wetland that was under threat from a neighbouring development that would potentially have seen cul-de-sacs and associated filling intruding into part of the site.
Mayor Barry McKenna said the purchase secured the future of an important and environmnetally sensitive area.
"No private construction or development can now take place on the site and that's critical," he said.
"This seasonal wetland not only supports the neighbouring bird sanctuary, but it also provides habitat for endangered oblong turtles, seven species of frogs, and many native birds that struggle to find suitable breeding areas in populated neighbourhoods.
"With urban infil taking place across metropolitan Perth, natural spaces such as the Carter's wetland are disappearing at an ever increasing rate. Council's purchase of the wetland on behalf of our community means this natural area is secure."
In metropolitan Perth around 80 per cent of the original wetlands on the Swan Coastal Plains have been lost to development since 1829.
A report by Consulting Ecologists Bramford Consulting identified that the Carter's wetland was host to a wide range of native fauna, including the Quacking and Clicking frogs, Red Tail Cockatoo, Rufus Whistler and a host of invertebrates.
The Carter's land's seasonal role as a wetland, with its natural changes in water levels, also supports the eco-system in the Eric Singleton Bird Santuary, Gobba Lake and the Swan River.
Funding for the purchase of the land, which is expected to be settled by the end of October, was provided by the City of Bayswater ($2 million from reserves) and the WA State Government ($1.5 million).
The City of Bayswater is currently pursuing a change in the Metropolitan Region Scheme with the WA Planning Commission to amend the land zoning of the Carter's site to parks and recreation.