Tramway Reserve plans are on track

People can have their say on plans for Tramway Reserve. Picture: Elle Borgward d407297
People can have their say on plans for Tramway Reserve. Picture: Elle Borgward d407297

The strip of land runs north from Karnup through the municipalities of Cockburn, Kwinana and Rockingham. While it was originally set aside for a tramway between Jandakot in the north and Karnup in the south, the project never took off.

The City of Rockingham is looking at reviewing the Baldivis Tramway Management Plan, which was put together in 2000, before the rapid growth that’s occurred in the area.

From Stakehill Road to north of Karnup Road, the tramway is largely undeveloped and the city has suggested returning the vegetation in the area to pristine condition and enabling it to be kept in perpetuity for conservation, or including a shared use pathway to complete the link.

The most-used part of the tramway is at the front of the Rivergums and Heritage Park estates, where a horseriding and walking trail links with local parks.

White-tailed black cockatoos are regularly seen in the area and about 95 per cent of the area’s remnant bushland remains.

In the short term, the city is proposing to remove weeds, feral animals and prevent unauthorised access of the area, while long-term objectives may include enhancing facilities in the area for horse riders and dog walkers.

The City of Rockingham is calling on users of the area and interested parties to submit a response to their plans for the tramway to customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au before October 4.