The Liberal National Government today launched a program designed to make better use of public green spaces around Water Corporation drains.
Water Minister Mia Davies said the Drainage for Liveability Program was a collaboration between the Water Corporation and the Department of Water that would assist providing increasingly urbanised communities with more areas for recreation.
"While drains and drainage basins serve a vital purpose in protecting our homes and businesses from flooding, we should make the most of their capacity to provide attractive green spaces for our communities," Ms Davies said.
"Opening up areas previously inaccessible to the community is possible by developing drains into appealing local assets that make our communities better places to live.
"This is especially important where growing urbanisation means green space is at a premium."
The first project for the Drainage for Liveability Program is a 'pop up' park proposed by the City of Bayswater, off Russell Street in Morley.
"The City of Bayswater council is keen to create more green spaces and the reserve next to the Water Corporation compensating basin off Russell Street was thought to be an ideal location," the Minister said.
"Russell Street Pop Up Park will be a temporary use of open space while the City of Bayswater investigates a longer-term plan for a network of green spaces, linking key parts of the suburb including the bus port, shopping centre and residential areas."
The Water Corporation manages more than 2,500km of drains in the metropolitan area, the Great Southern and parts of the South-West
Stormwater is runoff from roads, driveways and other surfaces following a rain or storm event
Drains can also help to move excess groundwater during wet winter periods
The corporation designs, constructs, operates and maintains main arterial drainage networks to protect properties from flooding. Local governments plan, construct, operate and maintain local drainage networks, while the Department of Water provides advice on how to get multiple benefits from drains and the water in them
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