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Point Roe Embankment Stabilisation Project

DBCA and the Town of Mosman Park (the Town) collaborated to fund the Point Roe Embankment Stabilisation Project in 2019. The project involved bioengineering, revegetation and weed control to stabilise and protect the previously degraded embankment. Approximately 400m2 of steep embankment has been restored, improving stability, ecological function and amenity for the surrounding community. The Town will continue with weed control and in-fill planting to ensure the success of the project site. The collaboration between DBCA and the Town continues at Point Roe with a new foreshore restoration project and the construction of a bird hide currently underway.

Figure 1 & 2. Bioengineering and revegetation at the Point Roe Embankment Stabilisation Project

7 new coastal Reel it in bins installed in Joondalup and Wanneroo

The Cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo are the latest local government authorities to join the Reel it in campaign aimed at preventing discarded fishing line and other harmful waste from ending up in our marine environment and posing a threat to wildlife.

Seven new fishing line bins have been installed at the following popular coastal fishing locations:

Joondalup (3 x bins)

• Ocean Reef boat harbour (complementing the fish cleaning station and de-rigging areas)
• Burns beach
• Marmion foreshore

Wanneroo (4 x bins)
• End of Alexandra View (Mindarie)
• Groyne 2, Groyne 3 and Groyne 4 running parallel with Ocean Drive (Quinns Rocks)


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.

Rockingham tackling fishing waste

Thanks to securing a $20,000 RecfishWest grant through the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), River Guardians is now actively seeking to install more Reel it in bins at popular coastal fishing locations.

The recognisable bins have recently been installed at Bent Street and Point Kennedy boat ramps, and Mercy Point Jetty. These new bins complement the bins that were installed in Marmion Marine Park (North Beach Jetty and Hillarys Boat Harbour) in 2019, and more recently, down in Busselton and Bunbury.

DBCA is also currently holding talks with the Cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo and will be installing more bins along the coastline in these areas over the coming months. Watch this space!

If you would like to adopt one of these new coastal bins or would simply like to know where the Reel it in bins have been installed to date, check out the locations map on our River Guardians website.

To learn more about the Reel it in project watch our video here.

Below: the new Reel it in bin at Bent Street

'Friends of Fremantle Ports' Volunteer Program

Fremantle Ports is launching a brand new community volunteering program called 'Friends of Fremantle Ports'.

Fremantle Ports are looking for people who have a strong affinity with, or connection to our Port who are interested in volunteering to help extend their outreach programs including Port Walks.

Ideal candidates may have worked in the maritime industry, or have a keen interest in port operations, history or shipping who feel they have the right skills and background to help us make a difference in our community.

For more information and to apply, go to their website here

Applications close COB Friday 7 August, 2020.