City takes home 2018 Local Government Honour Award for Bayswater Brook Catchment Management Project

The City of Bayswater has won an award for its work on Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary. Picture: Kristie Lim
The City of Bayswater has won an award for its work on Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary. Picture: Kristie Lim

THE City of Bayswater has been recognised at the 2018 Local Government Honour Awards for its Bayswater Brook Catchment Management Project.

The City won the Environmental Leadership and Sustainability award on November 8.

Bayswater Brook is one of the largest urban catchments in the metropolitan area with an area of about 27,000ha.

All nutrients, metals and other materials that enter the drains are discharged into the Swan River and local wetlands.

The project involved rehabilitating the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary and the Russell Street Park living stream and revitalising the Jakobsons Way drainage site in Morley.

Three drainage sites suitable for living streams have been identified for the next stage of the project.

Mayor Dan Bull said the City brought together several water management agencies to improve the water quality of the Swan River.

“The project has already seen improvements to water quality, increased biodiversity and great outcomes for the community in terms of public space and amenity,” he said.

“Designed to mimic natural wetlands, these living streams not only provide habitat for birds, frogs, and other wildlife but have actually been known to increase the value of surrounding properties in the neighbourhood.

“As an organisation we’re incredibly proud of the work we do in environmental sustainability and I’m thrilled to see the City recognised for this.”