Morley: City of Bayswater wins award for Russell Street Park project

Local Government Minister David Templeman, Mayor Dan Bull and City sustainability and environment manager Jeremy Maher.
Local Government Minister David Templeman, Mayor Dan Bull and City sustainability and environment manager Jeremy Maher.

THE City of Bayswater has been commended at the 2018 Children’s Environment and Health Local Government Policy Awards for its Russell Street Park project in Morley – less than four months since it opened.

Local Government Minister David Templeman presented the City with the Environments Promoting Physical Activity award at a ceremony hosted by the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (PHAIWA) at Curtin University on August 2.

Local governments were scored through a report card process, which included policy, program quality, program involvement of schools, urban planning and health services.

Lotterywest funded $87,000 and the Department of Biodiversity, Attractions and Conservation contributed $50,000 towards the transformation of the former disused drainage site into a ninja-warrior style obstacle course and conversion of two stormwater drains into living streams.

The area, owned by the Water Corporation, also has shaded parkland and a mural painted by John Forrest Secondary College.

Cr Sally Palmer on the ninja wall.

Mayor Dan Bull said the project was a testament to what could be achieved when organisations worked together to deliver a positive outcome for the community.

“Thanks to a grant from Lotterywest we were able to deliver a 10-station ninja-warrior style obstacle course, which has proven very popular with both the young and the young-at-heart,” he said.

PHAIWA director Melissa Stoneham said the local government sector played a key role in promoting positive change and creating healthy opportunities for children.