City of Cockburn favours soft landscaping option for Spearwood Ave facelift


Cockburn deputy Mayor Carol Reeve-Fowkes next to the old fencing on Spearwood Avenue which should be screened by fresh vegetation.
Cockburn deputy Mayor Carol Reeve-Fowkes next to the old fencing on Spearwood Avenue which should be screened by fresh vegetation.

SOFT landscaping options have been favoured by the City of Cockburn as part of a facelift for a 300m section of Spearwood Avenue.

The road was dedicated as “Friendship Way” in 2007 to reflect Cockburn’s links to its sister cities, peace, Australia and Nyungar people.

The strip between Rockingham Road and Hamilton Road has been designated as the “peace” section.

Council had considered a number of options to give the area a boost, including removing and replacing older fences, or advancing streetscaping to screen old fencing.

With little support from residents and property owners for new fencing, councillors backed Mayor Logan Howlett’s push for soft landscaping options during the City’s recent council meeting.

He said new plants, including flowering species such as almond trees, would screen the mixed fencing types between Rockingham Road and Adela Place.

Vegetation will be reticulated from a new bore.

“The planting will take place after the bore installation and after the height of the summer period, in the autumn of 2017,” Cr Howlett said.

Deputy Mayor Carol Reeve-Fowkes, who requested a report at the September 2015 council meeting regarding the beautification of the area, said she was happy with the proposal.

“I’m sure as the landscaping matures, it will be beautiful in years to come,” she said.