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Clarkson Reserve Foreshore update

The Clarkson Reserve Foreshore Stabilisation and Remediation project, located upstream of the Maylands boat ramp, is a collaboration between the DBCA and the City of Bayswater.

This Riverbank funded project was awarded $166,750 in 2017 with a total anticipated cost of $332,335. The combination of a reclaimed foreshore and contaminants made the project complex with increased environmental and project risks. These risks were identified, and mitigation measures were included in the detail foreshore restoration design that addressed shoreline protection, strengthening the vegetation link with the nearby samphire wetlands and enhancing amenity values at this popular location.

The project involved re-grading of  approximately 150m of river bank; placement of armour rock at intervals and planting of native vegetation; construction of two limestone headlands; removal and disposal of existing pyritic cinders from the river's edge; construction of a lime trench for treatment of leachates from cinders located beyond the site extent; and installation of commemorative plaques on one of the limestone headlands.

The tragic drowning of two boys near the site prior to the initial commencement of works resulted in the project being postponed. Practical completion was reached on 9 July 2020 and a smoking ceremony has since been held at the site with representatives from the deceased’s family, the City of Bayswater, DBCA, consultants and contractors that worked on the site in attendance.