River’s revitalisation work funding on offer

FUNDING for an area of Banks Reserve foreshore that is being severely eroded will be considered in the City of Vincent’s 2016-17 Budget.

The City was offered a grant of $85,000 by the Department of Parks and Wildlife for riverbank funding for stage two of the Banks Reserve, Swan River foreshore restoration.

The Swan River Trust encouraged the City to submit an Expression of Interest for the 2015-16 round of riverbank funding earlier this year.

The City will list $95,000 for consideration in its draft 2016-17 capital works budget for the project, which is expected to cost about $180,300.

The section of riverbank south from Banks Reserve is in poor condition, with severe erosion causing steep embankments and the potential of trees falling into the river.

The proposed stage two foreshore restoration site is in a degraded condition overrun by exotic grasses and large exotic trees.

Revitalisation work would include removing rubble from the foreshore area, removing exotic grasses from slope, installing mesh matting to provide stabilisation, installing toe protection and revegetating the area with native plants.

The stage one restoration project was completed in 2007 with financial assistance from the Swan River Trust.