The City of South Perth recognises that successful management of the environment must consider the urban and natural environment and their interactions in a holistic manner.
The urban and natural environments of the City are inextricably linked. Urban stormwater catchments discharge into the river impacting the natural environment. Weeds and other pests from highly modified urban landscapes encroach onto inland bushland areas. Street trees and verges provide an opportunity for green corridors to be established to link bushland remnants and to enable wildlife to move between.
Strategic Environmental Management
Four strategies define the high-level management of the city environment.
State of the Environment (SoE) reporting provides baseline information on the state of a number of environmental measures. These indicate pressures on the environment which change over time as well as the success of management actions.
The Green Plan seeks to conserve existing bushland and rehabilitate native plants within the context of an inner urban society setting. It aims to provide internal linkages for wildlife and enhance biodiversity, within the regional perspective of the State Government's Bush Forever and the Perth Greenways Plan. The Green Plan was initiated to devise a strategy for the City to manage the four components of the natural environment (remnant bushland areas, public parks and gardens, street trees and private areas) in an integrated manner.
The Integrated Catchment Management Plan addresses stormwater management in the City. The ICM has been developed with the aim of identifying land use and water quality issues within the City's catchments and to determine strategies for monitoring and improving ecological values.
In addition to the high-level strategies, management plans for specific local areas have been developed. These plans provide operational guidance for improving parks and bushland areas.
Bushland and Foreshore Management Plans
The management of all of the foreshores and remnant natural vegetation within the City of South Perth is covered by a number of management and restoration plans. The management plans make extensive recommendations for the ongoing maintenance, regeneration and development of facilities within these areas. They are best read in association with the City’s adopted Green Plan.
South Perth Foreshore Strategy and Management Plan
The primary aim in establishing the South Perth Foreshore Strategy and Management Plan was to balance the competing demands for use, development and management of precious South Perth Foreshore reserve and regional open space with the need to conserve and enhance a functional healthy river and foreshore environment. The South Perth Foreshore page sets out the plan in more detail.
Kwinana Freeway Foreshore Management Plan
In September 2014 the Kwinana Freeway Foreshore Management Plan (KFFMP) was developed. This plan covers management of the foreshore from the Mount Henry Bridge to the Narrows Bridge, outlines values of the foreshore, sets long term goals to address the issues that the western foreshore will be facing in the future, identifies and prioritises projects and works to be undertaken to meet the goals. The KFFMP also includes the City’s adaptation response to anticipated climate change impacts on this foreshore.