Waterwise project launched at men’s shed

Bassendean Community Men's Shed committee member Kevin Mack, Deputy Mayor Kath Hamilton, Bassendean Community Men's Shed committee member Adam Koval, Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly, Town of Bassendean senior environmental officer Jeremy Walker and Water Corporation drainage and liveable communities Manager Suzanne Brown. Picture: Kristie Lim
Bassendean Community Men's Shed committee member Kevin Mack, Deputy Mayor Kath Hamilton, Bassendean Community Men's Shed committee member Adam Koval, Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly, Town of Bassendean senior environmental officer Jeremy Walker and Water Corporation drainage and liveable communities Manager Suzanne Brown. Picture: Kristie Lim

THE Bassendean Community Men’s Shed site will soon be boosted with a native verge garden and revegetation.

The shed, Town of Bassendean and the Water Corporation have launched a Living Streams project on February 14.

An empty road verge will be transformed into a waterwise demonstration garden filled with waterwise native plants and the drainage basin will be revegetated as part of the project.

The Town and the men’s shed will contribute raw materials and help with planting and landscaping on the demonstration garden.

Community members will also be able to work with experts on the design of the garden at a workshop in March.

The State Government have contributed $95,000 towards the project.

Men’s shed committee member Adam Koval said the garden would be better than the current dry grassed area and serve as a “gateway” to the industrial area.

Bassendean Community Men’s Shed committee member Kevin Mack, Deputy Mayor Kath Hamilton, Bassendean Community Men’s Shed committee member Adam Koval, Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly, Town of Bassendean senior environmental officer Jeremy Walker and Water Corporation drainage and liveable communities Manager Suzanne Brown. Picture: Kristie Lim

Bassendean Deputy Mayor Kath Hamilton said the project would improve the amenity for people coming to the area and the shed.

Bassendean MLA and Water Minister Dave Kelly said the shed played an important role in the community as it promoted health and well-being.

“Gardening is often regarded as ‘green therapy’, providing physical, social and psychological benefits, so I’m delighted to see different levels of Government coming together to liven up this space,” he said.

“The area will continue to serve as flood prevention, while showcasing water efficient plants and garden designs and adding to the environmental value of the site.

“As our State experiences the effects of climate change, more Western Australians are embracing waterwise plants and gardening practices.

“This demonstration garden will educate and inspire visitors on how to reduce their water use outside.”

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