90 Year Old Kent Street Weir Reopens After Refurbishment

90 Year Old Kent Street Weir Reopens After Refurbishment

Western Australia Minister for Water Dave Kelly

Western Australia Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson

Popular Kent Street Weir Reopens To Public After $4.8 Million Revamp

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  • Historic weir reopens after $4.8 Million refurbishment
  • WA company Ertech carried out the revamp in partnership with design company BG&E
  • 25 Western Australians worked on the project
  • Works have extended the life of the weir by about 50 years

Historic Kent Street Weir has been reopened by Water Minister Dave Kelly following a $4.8 Million refurbishment to the 90-year-old structure.

Weir marks the border between the freshwater river and saline estuary, and helps protect water quality and freshwater ecosystems by stopping tidal forces pushing marine salinity further upstream.

“Weir serves an important environmental function preventing saline water entering the upstream freshwater reaches of the Canning River, including the Canning River Regional Park.” Minister for Water Dave Kelly said.

It has been a focal point for community recreation in the Canning River Regional Park for decades, attracting many different recreational uses including running, cycling, dog walking, canoeing, and picnics.

“This area has some of the best estuarine vegetation in the Swan Canning Riverpark, and is highly valued by the community as a place for recreation.” Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson said.

Refurbishment works included construction of new piers to support the structure safely, an aesthetically designed walkway with disabled access, mechanised weir gates that can be operated remotely in response to river levels, and a new fishway enabling fish to move up and downstream when the weir is closed.

 

WA Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Canning River Regional Park is a stunning local asset, and is a very popular spot for local families. I have very fond memories of coming here with my father, and regularly bring my daughters down to enjoy the parklands around the Kent Street Weir.” Victoria Park MLA Ben Wyatt said.

Construction began in May 2017 and has been managed by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation in collaboration with the City of Canning and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.