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The Restoration of Walter's Brook

When: 8:00 AM, Saturday 31 May to 2:00 PM, Saturday 31 May

Where: Banks Reserve, East Perth, Western Australia, 6004


Community Planting Day

On Saturday 31 May, 8.30am - 2.00pm, the City will be holding a Community Planting Day to celebrate the completion of the Restoration of Walter's Brook project, as part of 2014 Reconciliation Week.

Everyone is welcome to come along and take part in planting over 800 plants over two planting sessions. Mid-morning there will be an official 'Welcome to Country', coinciding with a short didgeridoo performance. At the completion of the planting there will be a free BBQ held (around midday). 

If you would like any further information about the project, planting day or to RSVP, please contact Jackie Parker via email at jacqueline.parker@vincent.wa.gov.au or by phone on 9273 6027.

Banks Reserve is a special place

Back in May 2012 the people and City of Vincent and Noongar Elders officially recognised Banks Reserve, a beautiful local riverside park that rests on land known to Whadjuk-Noongar people as Warndoolier, as a ‘Place of Reconciliation’. The event was part of a partnership project between the Vincent Reconciliation Group and the City of Vincent. Click here for more information in relation to the Aboriginal significance of Banks Reserve.

What is Reconciliation Week?

Reconciliation is about building better relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders for the benefit of all Australians. National Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey- the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. 

Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each individual can join in the national reconciliation effort. Visit www.reconciliation.org.au for further information.

The Restoration Project 

The Restoration of Walter's Brook was identified as a priority project many years ago and the City finally commenced the project in December 2012.

A Section 18 approval (permission to use the land) was required through the Department Aboriginal Affairs (DAA) and many other statutory approvals required prior to works commencing and staff have been working through these over the past years. A public tender was advertised in November 2012 and Natural Area Management were engaged to undertake the restoration works in December 2012.

The project is now in the final stages of completion, with revegetation occurring over the next few weeks.

Where is Walter's Brook?

Walter's Brook is located within Banks Reserve, off Joel Terrace, on the river foreshore. The brook is approximately 150 meters long.

Some objectives of the project:

  • increase the safety of the Brook by stabilising the banks;
  • decrease further erosion and environmental disturbances;
  • reduce the turfed area at the brook edge;
  • increase native vegetation around the brook;
  • increase habitat around the brook;
  • support local biodiversity;
  • improve the quality of water entering the river; and
  • increase the interactivity between patrons and the brook.

Rough project timeline:

 December 2012    Council approved the Tender
 May 2013    Section 18 was approved
 December 2013     Approval received from the Swan River Trust and Department of Environment and Regulation
 January 2014    Project commenced
 February 2014     Earthworks and grading completed
 March 2014  Gabion mattresses and walls completed
 April 2014  Installation of fencing and limestone spillway completed
 May 2014  Revegetation
 31st May 2014             Community Planting Day - project complete


Cost: Free
How to Book: Please RSVP to Jackie Parker, via email at jacqueline.parker@vincent.wa.gov.au or by phone on 9273 6027.
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