Mandurah Council: Bird park tourist zoning must be changed

THE City of Mandurah wants to change the tourist zoning still current on the Western Rosella Bird Park site on Old Pinjarra Road from tourism and rural to rural residential.

The council planning committee meeting was told last week the 4.84 hectare site had a number of environmental constraints, mainly due to being a Conservation Category Wetland with low lying typography.

Cr Fred Reibeling said it was a piece of land of significant environmental value while Cr Caroline Knight said rezoning from tourism and rural to rural residential would be a good environmental outcome.

Councillors voted unanimously to advertise the proposed planning scheme amendment for public comment.

The heavily treed tourist attraction opened in 1991 in Riverside Gardens.

It boasted a variety of bird life, mini golf, a waterfall, kangaroos, emus and a function centre on the banks of the Serpentine River.

It has been closed for many years and only railway tracks, concrete pads and steel bridge frames remain.