Pt Walter budget eroded

Erosion blamed for delayed upgrades to Pt Walter.
Erosion blamed for delayed upgrades to Pt Walter.

The City of Melville is blaming a serious case of erosion for the delay in the project and cost blowout.

The restoration project, which aims to stabilise areas of erosion, protect vegetation and upgrade amenities, began in March 2012, with stage one works completed in December 2012.

Stage two works began earlier this year, but work has been delayed due to increased erosion issues.

‘A 100-metre section of the foreshore is currently undergoing a design review, due to extraordinary erosion in 2013,’ Mayor Russell Aubrey said.

The City said work was due to recommence in October, however more money needed to be allocated to the budget for it to go ahead.

In a report to council last week, the officer said an extra $329,000 was needed on top of the original $1.3 million budgeted for the project.

It recommended the council approve the funding to be allocated as part of the 2013-14 capital works program.

Stage two works consist of erosion control and landscape planting while stage three consists of conservation works including weeding and planting.

Mr Aubrey said the work was needed to keep the popular area accessible for the community.

‘Point Walter Reserve is one of Perth’s most popular and well loved foreshore reserves’