Multiple Uses For Swan Canning Riverpark Being Developed

Multiple Uses For Swan Canning Riverpark Being Developed

Western Australia Minister for Environment Bill Marmion

Western Australia Minister for Transport Troy Buswell

New Framework For River Users

Victor P Taffa

The Swan River Trust and the Department of Transport are developing an Aquatic Use Management Framework to improve the way decisions are made to manage multiple uses of the Swan Canning Riverpark.

Environment Minister Bill Marmion said river users were invited to attend focus groups in February to help develop the framework for sharing the rivers.

“The Riverpark is enjoyed in many different ways including boating, swimming, paddling and fishing.” Mr. Marmion said.

“Sustained growth in demand for use of the waterways has led to this need for a holistic review. We want to achieve safe, equitable, sustainable use of the waterways with minimal conflicts.”

“Focus group participants will assist us to look at the broader picture and at local areas in context to make appropriate decisions about aquatic use.”

“A Pilot Area has also been selected from Canning Bridge to Salter Point to investigate different management options.”

Transport Minister Troy Buswell said a comprehensive review of aquatic activities and how they were managed in the Swan Canning Riverpark had not been done before.

“It is likely that there will be some changes to existing vessel speed limits, and aquatic use gazettal in areas relevant to personal watercraft.” Mr. Buswell said.

“The Project will also consider corridor options related to sailing, kite and wind surfing, motorised vessel prohibited areas and mornings.”

To register for a focus group phone Maria Price, the Project Consultant, on 9582 9228. Please leave a message with your name, contact details, and the focus group you would like to attend.

Focus Group Date / Time
Commercial Users  (e.g. ferries, restaurants, charter boats, adjacent retail outlets, etc) Tuesday, 1 February 10 am to 12 pm
Environment Interests  (e.g. river care groups, environmentalists, etc) Tuesday, 1 February 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm
Recreational Users (e.g. boat owners, sports clubs, rowers, etc) Wednesday, 2 February 3 pm to 5 pm
Canning Bridge to Salter Point Focus Group 1 Friday, 4 February 10 am to 12pm
Canning Bridge to Salter Point Focus Group 2 Friday, 4 February 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm
WA Minister for Transport Troy Buswell

WA Minister for Transport Troy Buswell