Dangerous riverside park in Woodbridge earns top award for its restoration

Midland/Guildford ward councillors Mark Elliott, Ian Johnson and Claire Scanlan with her daughter Cosette at the new foreshore.
Midland/Guildford ward councillors Mark Elliott, Ian Johnson and Claire Scanlan with her daughter Cosette at the new foreshore.

THE restoration of a dangerous riverside park in Woodbridge has been awarded one of Australia’s most prestigious awards for excellence in civil infrastructure.

The recently completed project at Woodbridge Riverside Park won its category for a project valued at under $2 million at the Civil Contractors Federation WA Earth Award on August 10.

A dilapidated platform at Riverside Park, constructed from asbestos and concrete, had been assessed as high-risk to public safety and the area had been fenced off for more than two years.

An aerial artist’s impression of the Woodbridge Riverside Park restoration.

City of Swan Mayor David Lucas said the City contributed 50 percent of the total project costs, which equated to more than $500,000, as well as specialist staff for landscape design and project management.

“Woodbridge Riverside Park is one of the City’s most popular destinations, and it’s wonderful to see the foreshore restored to such an excellent standard along with a new green space, viewing platform and river access area for the whole community to enjoy,” he said.

The project was completed by MMM WA for the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and included the installation of a piled viewing deck, beach, gabion walls and landscaping.