Bayswater Council has unanimously adopted, in principle, the Bayswater Foreshore Inspection Report and Ten Year Priority Plan as part of its long term commitment to restoration of the City’s eleven kilometre stretch of the Swan River.
Adopted at an Ordinary Council Meeting held on Tuesday 26 May, the report sets out a staged approach for the City to address the significant damage caused by erosion.
City of Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said the City will now set out to seek advice from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
“Over the past 100 years, the Swan River and its foreshore have experienced significant change and degradation as a result of dredging, reclamation and human use. Now is the time to act if we are to have any chance of restoring this unique ecosystem.
“The City has previously worked to protect this area on an as-needed basis. We now know that this is not enough, and what we need to do is set out a long term, evidence based approach to find sustainable success in this area.
“In seeking advice from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, we hope to learn from their significant expertise in this area, and explore funding options. A project of this scale requires significant resources, some of which we hope to gain through the support of the State and Federal Governments.
“The City of Bayswater is dedicated to restoring and protecting our natural environment. While we know this will be a challenge – we aim to respond to this in a measured, strategic way ensuring that which has been here long before us, will remain here long after we are gone.”