Local and State pollies take time out to see work of Bicton Environmental Action Group at Point Walter


Liberal candidate for Bicton Matt Taylor, Peter Neesham, Environment Minister Albert Jacob, Mike Nichol and Kay Howard.
Liberal candidate for Bicton Matt Taylor, Peter Neesham, Environment Minister Albert Jacob, Mike Nichol and Kay Howard.

ENVIRONMENT Minister Albert Jacob visited Point Walter Reserve last week to meet local volunteers who maintain the Bicton and Attadale foreshores.

The Bicton Environmental Action Group carried out almost 500 volunteer hours last financial year including hand-weeding sessions, seed collection, planting sessions and foreshore clean-ups.

Chairman Peter Neesham said the group had made considerable impact in its 11 years of operation and enjoyed partnerships with the City of Melville as well as State and Federal authorities.

“It was good to be able to show the Minister the work that has been done in the area,” Mr Neesham said.

“We also thank (Liberal candidate for Bicton) Matt Taylor for his interest in our work and look forward to having him join us at a future planting day.”

On the other side of Point Walter, the Friends of Attadale Foreshore have planted in excess of 70,000 trees and shrubs with the assistance of volunteers and funding from the City of Melville and Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Chairman Mike Nichol said the group was currently seeking help to upgrade the footpath and improve safety.

Mr Taylor said he raised the issue with the Minister on site and would be lobbying for funding to be made available.

“I have already commenced discussions with the Minister to ensure residents can enjoy this beautiful part of our city’s natural landscape,” he said.