River wall funding in doubt

The City of South Perth has constantly advocated for more funding from the State Government to replace the river walls.
The City of South Perth has constantly advocated for more funding from the State Government to replace the river walls.

The City of South Perth has constantly advocated for more funding from the State Government to replace the river walls.

Mayor Sue Doherty said the City was left with no choice but to make the repairs to prevent further degradation.

The City currently has a budget of $260,000, half of which is funded by the Trust, to complete the river wall maintenance repairs. It has called for tenders for the ‘Queen Street river wall and reno mattress maintenance repairs’, and councillors will be asked to approve a tender submitted by a civil engineering firm at a council meeting tonight.

‘Repairs to the walls in this area will not restore them to the preferred condition, but will extend the life of the walls by 10 years or so with ongoing maintenance,’ Cr Doherty said.

‘State governments over time have not allocated sufficient funds for capital works improvements to maintain river infrastructure at an acceptable level.

‘The State Government needs to significantly increase funding to improve the quality of river infrastructure.’

‘It is disappointing that other areas of the South Perth foreshore continue to be neglected and the City has now been forced to fence parts of the Swan River in two high profile locations to protect the public and manage risks associated with the walls.’