The City of South Perth recognises that successful environmental management must integrate urban and natural areas in a holistic manner because these areas are intimately linked.
The urban and natural environments of the City are inextricably linked. Urban stormwater catchments discharge into the Swan River impacting the natural environment. Weeds and other pests from highly modified urban landscapes encroach into bushland areas. Street trees and verges provide an opportunity for green corridors to be established, to link remnants of bushland and to enable wildlife to move across the City.
Strategic Environmental Management
The City takes a strategic approach to environmental management to inform its resources, programs and activities. A number of external and internal strategic reporting documents and plans shape the City’s management actions for the natural environment.
State of the Environment (SoE) reporting provides baseline information on the state of a number of environmental measures across Australia. These illustrate pressures on the environment which change over time, as well as the success of a number of management actions.
The City's Green Plan seeks to conserve existing bushland and rehabilitate the natural environment within an urban setting. The Green Plan is responsible for four components of the natural environment:
- Remnant bushland areas
- Public parks and gardens
- Street trees
- Private areas.
The Green Plan aims to link wildlife and biodiversity enhancement in the City within the broader framework of the State Government's Bush Forever program and the Perth Greenways Plan.
The Integrated Catchment Management Plan (ICMP) addresses stormwater management in the City. The ICMP 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.
Strategic Environmental Management Plans
Foreshore areas and remnant natural vegetation in the City of South Perth are covered by a number of management and restoration plans. The management plans make extensive recommendations for the ongoing maintenance, regeneration and development of facilities and the natural environment within these areas. They are best read in association with the City’s adopted Green Plan.
The South Perth Foreshore Strategy and Management Plan aims to balance the competing demands for the use and development of the 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 project page sets out the plan in more detail.
The Kwinanna Freeway Foreshore Management Plan 2014 (KFFMP) covers the management of the foreshore from Mount Henry Bridge to the Narrows Bridge. It outlines values of the foreshore, sets long term goals to address the issues that the western foreshore will face in the future and 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 the foreshore.
The Salter Point and Waterford Foreshore Management Plan 2000 covers the management of the Canning River wetlands, which include the foreshore areas from Salter Point to Waterford. These estuarine wetlands are an important place of habitat for native fauna and contain many species of good quality vegetation. The Management Plan balances the recreational uses and development of the area, with the need for environmental protection.
Local Environmental Management Plans
Management plans for specific local areas have been developed. These plans provide operational guidance for improving parks and bushland areas.
The Sir James Mitchell Park Management Plan 2001 covers the City’s most popular park and recreation reserve. The Plan identifies the most appropriate combination of land uses for the foreshore area whilst maintaining and preserving the environmental and heritage values of the area and its surrounds. It complements the regional planning approach of the Swan River Trust as well as providing for local residents, regional users, commercial development and tourism ventures. Refer to the Sir James Mitchell Lakes Sedge Planting Trial page for information about some of the environmental restoration works in this area.
The Collier Park Golf Course Environmental Management Plan 2004 covers one of Perth’s most popular golf courses. It aims to protect the quality of surface and groundwater, maintain the quality of recharge to groundwater supplies, minimise erosion and sediment movement and preserve, protect and enhance the natural environment.
Cygnia Cove Management Plan 2017
The Cygnia Cove Natural Areas Management Plan (NAMP) provides a framework for conserving and enhancing the ecological functions of the Cygnia Cove natural areas over a 20 year period from 2017 to 2037. The Cygnia Cove NAMP documents existing conditions, identifies key values and threats and sets forth criteria for future management of natural areas. This document identifies the current and the anticipated future issues in the management of natural areas and outlines management actions and priorities to minimise impacts for long term management as well as providing more detailed actions for the short term period to five years. Refer to the Cygnia Cove Natural Areas Restoration Plan project page for more information.
The Clontarf Foreshore Restoration Plan 2016 covers a 0.4 hectare section of the Canning River Foreshore in Waterford, which is part of a Bush Forever site. The Restoration Plan will oversee the stabilisation of the foreshore area, including revegetation and protection against future impacts and erosion. Refer to the Clontarf Foreshore Restoration Project page for more information.
The Salter Point Foreshore Restoration Plan covers the Salter Point peninsular and lagoon and is part of a Bush Forever site. The lagoon is the last remaining natural lagoon of its type in the Swan-Canning river system. The restoration plan will oversee works to minimise erosion, including revegetation.
The Mt Henry Spit Restoration Plan 2014 covers a 4.03 ha section of the Mt Henry Peninsula, which is the largest remaining area of remnant bushland in South Perth. The Plan outlines achievable restoration goals and a program of works. Please visit the Mt Henry Spit Restoration Project page for more information.
The Mt Henry Peninsula Management Plan covers the largest area of bushland in the City of South Perth. The 16 ha site comprises the foreshore from Cloisters Reserve to the Mt Henry Bridge and the Mt Henry Public Open Space on Hogg Avenue. The Plan makes recommendations for action to alleviate future impacts on the area.
The Neil McDougall Island Rehabilitation Plan is designed to improve environmental integrity of the Neil McDougall Island and surrounding area and includes a revegetation and weed control program.
The Neil McDougall landscaping report outlines a program for revegetation and landscaping, which will provide wildlife corridors for native animals such as turtles and waterbirds.
The Davilak Reserve Natural Area Management Plan 2005 identifies a future framework to manage the site, including pressure and opportunities for conservation and restoration.
Strategic Environmental Management Plans
Salter Point and Waterford Foreshore Management Plan Maps
Map 01 - study area and reserve numbers
Map 02 - hydrology, erosion and accretion
Map 03 - infrastructure and vegetation communities
Map 04 - site specific recommendations locality map
Map 05 - Redmond Street to Salter Point Parade
Map 06 - Salter Point lagoon
Map 07 - Salter Point Parade - Sandon Park
Map 08 - Melaleuca Grove
Map 09 - Scout hall to Fairview Gardens
Map 10 - Waterford conservation area
Map 11 - conservation area to boardwalk