City of Bayswater recognised for restoration work at Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary


Premier Colin Barnett, Bayswater Mayor Barry McKenna and City environmental co-ordinator Jeremy Maher.
Premier Colin Barnett, Bayswater Mayor Barry McKenna and City environmental co-ordinator Jeremy Maher.

RESTORATION work at the $3 million Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary has been recognised at a statewide awards ceremony held this month.

The City of Bayswater was the joint winner of the Premier’s Award for Excellence in Public Sector Management in the managing the environment category for the sanctuary.

Completed last year, the project has helped improve the health of the Swan and Canning river systems.

City environmental officer Jeremy Maher co-ordinated the revitalisation and worked with the City, community groups and Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW), formerly the Swan River Trust.

The wetland now prevents 1.3 tonnes of nitrogen, 200kg of phosphorus and 40 tonnes of sediment and rubbish from flowing into the river each year.

DPaW were joint winners with the City for animal conservation program Western Shield.

The City and project consultants GHD also recently won the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards WA environmental category for the bird sanctuary.