Restoration of Elderfield Wetlands
The Elderfield Wetlands Project will enhance 4ha of habitat of the Middle Canning foreshore and the adjacent Elderfield Wetlands and drainage infrastructure at Sandon Park in Salter Point.
The City has secured $120,000 in grant funding from the Swan Canning River Recovery Stage 3, supported by Perth NRM through funding from the Australian Government.
The majority of the funding will be used to raise 60,000 native seedlings which will be grown at the City’s plant nursery in Como in preparation for planting by local volunteers and community groups.
Works will include linking three areas of wetland with vegetation; removal of existing grass; the creation of a nature play and interpretation node; improvement of the area surrounding Elderfield open storm water drain; upgrade of the path network and installation of a 12 habitat structures include bird boxes, bat boxes and a bird hide - a shelter, often camouflaged, that is used to observe wildlife, especially birds, at close quarters.
Works will start in February 2021 with the removal of grass which is prone to winter flooding. The turf will be replaced with plants including low sedges and rushes.
The three year project is scheduled to be completed by 2023.
Weed control will be undertaken quarterly to ensure the success of the habitat restoration.
The project has grown from the City’s Clontarf-Waterford- Salter Point Masterplan which was developed in 2019 for the stretch of foreshore from Clontarf through to Waterford and Salter Point. The Masterplan provides a consolidated management strategy recognising the ecological, cultural and recreational values of the area.
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Community planting days
Revegetation is being carried out with the help of community volunteers. Four community planting days have been held this year, a National Tree Day event, two corporate events thanks to Woodside, and a planting day with year six students from Penrhos College.
The City of South Perth has secured $120,000 in grant funding from Perth NRM to enhance habitat of the Middle Canning foreshore and the adjacent Elderfield Wetlands and drainage infrastructure at Sandon Park in Salter Point.