Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Former Minister for Environment; Heritage

    Riverbank funding transforms Garvey Park

    4/08/2016 1:00 PM
    • $600,000 Liberal National Government investment transforms Ascot's Garvey Park
    • Improved area for recreation with the environment protected 

    A popular recreational site on the banks of the Swan River in Ascot has been revitalised thanks to the Liberal National Government's investment through the Riverbank funding program.


    Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the State Government had worked with the City of Belmont since 2010 to redevelop the Garvey Park foreshore as part of the Department of Parks and Wildlife's Riverbank program.


    "Garvey Park is a classic example of Riverbank funding at work and the excellent outcomes that can be achieved when the Government works in partnership with the community and local government," Mr Jacob said.


    "The most recent works at Garvey Park have provided further stabilisation of the riverbank, including the protection of the existing beach, infrastructure and fringing remnant vegetation, and this has been achieved by regrading the bank, building a new beach and constructing rock headlands."


    Stage three of the four stage project is now complete, with this stage receiving more than $379,000 in the 2014-15 Riverbank funding round.  The Government has invested a total of $600,000 in the project, with the City of Belmont contributing the remaining $1.5 million.


    The Minister said the transformation at Garvey Park would provide environmental benefits to the Swan River and meant visitors had improved access from a new viewing deck, just in time for this weekend's Avon Descent.


    "The Government is committed to protecting Perth's rivers and has a proud legacy of funding the Riverbank project," he said.


    "It is focused on protecting foreshores and infrastructure and improving the environment and public amenity of the Swan Canning Riverpark, with the results at Garvey Park a testament to the success of the project."


    Since 2008, the State Government has also invested $7 million in six nutrient-stripping wetlands to improve water quality in the Swan and Canning rivers.


    Fact File

    • Riverbank funding is a partnership between State and local governments to protect the long-term future of the Swan and Canning rivers 
    • Since 2008, the Liberal National Government has invested more than $14 million into 156 restoration projects on the Swan and Canning rivers 

    Minister's office - 6552 5800


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