ILLEGAL cubby houses in the bush face the chop in a council plan to restore vegetation and parkland surrounding picturesque riverside Chidley Point in Mosman Park.
“It’s more about education, about how putting cubbies in there cause the natural bush to be trampled,” senior environmental conservation officer Paddy Strano said.
The council is updating its 2011 Childley Point Environmental Management plan for the area at the north end of Blackwall Reach.
It includes Green Place Reserve popular for weddings, access to a waterski area and several hectares of bush in which can be found the rare Hackett’s Hopbush.
Mr Strano said weed control, fire prevention, rubbish removal and restoring native plants were prime reasons for the plan, in addition to stabilising erosion on parts of the point’s slope to the Swan River.
“Weeds are more likely to combust because they are thin and can dry out quickly, but native plants, although they will burn, do it less,” he said.
The plan suggests a $580,000 program of work to restore the area during the next 10 years.
Mosman Park Mayor Brett Pollock said having a plan would make it easier to get grants to fund all the work.
Mr Pollock said improvements to the car park and a nearby public toilet were in separate items in the budget, and weddings at Greenplace would be enhanced because the whole point would look better.
He said that unlike other councils, Mosman Park had a restricted source of income to look after its parks and reserves that comprise 2km sq of the 4.4km sq town.
“So fifty per cent of our land is unrateable, while another eight per cent is schools and aged care homes for which we can’t charge,” he said.
The proposed plan is at www.mosmanpark.wa.gov.au and comment can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org until August 31.