Town of Mosman Park council supports WAPC Bush Forever proposal at Point Roe

Town of Mosman Park council supports WAPC Bush Forever proposal at Point Roe

FORESHORE Park along Point Roe in Mosman Park will get Bush Forever protection in a proposal from the WA Planning Commission, which Town of Mosman Park supported at last month’s council meeting.

“The Town has already identified its high environmental value and currently manages this area as a ‘bushland area’,” a staff report said.

The WAPC has proposed ratification of 12 Bush Forever sites across Perth.

Point Roe’s foreshores, on two lots along the Swan River and Blackwall Reach, are popular with joggers, dog walkers, fishers and canoeists.

They are often subject to erosion, littering and degrading from unofficial paths, in addition to vandals pruning trees to create views.

Bush Forever classification would mean the foreshores being significantly valued in WAPC planning for long-term protection, biodiversity and environmental worth.

However, it does not prevent some forms of development, which WAPC considers consistent with its planning across Perth.

After 117 letters were sent by the council to nearby residents about the proposed changes at Point Roe, there were concerns from some that the protection could “over vegetate” the point’s park, obscuring views.

“The Bush Forever provisions do not compel the council to plant more vegetation or ‘convert’ the area into thick bushland,” the report said.

The proposed change includes lifting Bush Forever protection from the northern part of the lot immediately downstream of the point, which hosts Mosman Park Tennis Club, a carpark and covered playground.

The adjacent Russell Brown Adventure Park, former cooling ponds and barbecues in the southern half of the lot would stay Bush Forever.

Residents who objected to the change on the split lot feared the site could become available for high-rise development.

“I have reservations about whether it could be protected,” Councillor Zenda Johnson said.

However, the report said the half-lot site would be rezoned parks and recreation, which would not allow development.