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Cities Unite to Protect Coastline

 

Our stunning Indian Ocean coastline is a key reason why people choose to live in the communities near Leighton, Port and Mosman beaches; and the importance of protecting these beautiful natural assets has inspired an exciting collaborative project.

Beaches and waves share council boundaries and are closely interconnected – and for this reason the City of Fremantle and the Town of Mosman Park are working together; reaching out to their local communities to ask what they value most about the coast and working to honour those priorities.

Mosman Park and Fremantle submitted a successful joint application for funding to the Western Australian Planning Commission through the Coastal Management Plan Assistance Program.  Now both local governments are proactively working together to investigate and manage coastal erosion and any potential risk of storm surge flooding along local coastal areas at Port, Leighton and Mosman beaches.

The first stage of the project includes undertaking modelling to identify coastal hazards, and community engagement to better understand the values and importance of the coastline at Port, Leighton and Mosman beaches; the way it is used and how it should be protected

According to Town of Mosman Park Mayor Ron Norris, the process will ensure coastal adaptation and management plans are born out of genuine community consultation, mindful of the importance of conservation, but balanced with the need to ensure access for the thousands of residents and visitors who visit and enjoy the beaches all year round.

“Erosion and flooding of coastal areas, particularly during major storm events, has the potential to significantly impact upon coastal development and enjoyment. Also, remediating beach erosion is a huge financial burden on Councils and one where we have very little ability to control. It’s important to account for the changing coastal environment by planning for these issues in order to reduce damage to public and private facilities,” said Mayor Norris.

“An online survey will soon be released to local residents via social media and the City of Fremantle’s website (that can also be accessed via the Town of Mosman Park’s website) for communities who use Port, Leighton and Mosman beaches to be able to tell us the key things they enjoy and value about the coast,” he said.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the results of the project would be critical in developing plans and strategies to combat coastal erosion and sea level rises linked to climate change.

“We’re a community that loves our coastline but we have some challenges to overcome to protect our beaches for future generations to enjoy.

“By getting involved now, the local communities of Fremantle and Mosman Park have the ability to help identify not only the threats but also the opportunities and by doing so, guide future planning and conservation strategies to protect our beaches and coastal areas.”

The community survey opens on Friday 15 July and will include both an online survey as well as in-person interviews with beach users on all three beaches.  This important data will be captured and inform the development of the plan.

More information about the project and the survey can be accessed here

Media enquiries:

For Town of Mosman Park - Libby Collett, Communications Officer, Town of Mosman Park
Telephone: 9384 1633 Mobile: 0434 980 045 Email: media@mosmanpark.wa.gov.au

For City of Fremantle, Jason Cunningham, Communications Coordinator
Telephone: 9432 9552 Mobile: 0405 307 141 Email: media@fremantle.wa.gov.au

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Development Application - 38 Glyde Street - Public Consultation

The Town has received a Mandatory Development Assessment Panel application proposing Mixed Use Development of 33 apartments and 1 office at 38 Glyde Street, Mosman Park.

The Metro West Joint Development Assessment Panel are the determining authority for the application, however, a recommendation is required from the Town.

Before forming a recommendation, the Town is undertaking consultation for a period of 21 days between 13 July 2016 and 3 August 2016.  Comment is invited during this period, and details of the proposal are available for inspection at the Town of Mosman Park Administration Centre located at Memorial Park on the corner of Bay View Terrace and Memorial Drive between the hours of 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Alternatively, you can download and view the plans here.

The Town will also be hosting a ‘drop in’ information session on Saturday, 23 July 2016 at the Town’s Administration Centre between 9.00am and 10.30am.  This forum is an opportunity for any questions to be addressed and for the application to be discussed with the Town’s officers.

New Council Policy on Consultation Procedures Now in Effect

 

Importance of Nature Play Recognised as Local Adventure Park is Awarded

An adventure play park that has been an enormous hit with the locals, that was devised and implemented in a genuine community partnership between Council, local schools, the local rotary club and Men’s Shed volunteers; was given formal recognition recently.

At the Parks and Leisure Australia WA regional awards, the Russell Brown Adventure Park won best Playspace: minor (less than half a million dollars) – the award conferred by Parks and Leisure Australia WA President, Rachel Thorpe at a ceremony on Thursday 16 June 2016. Winners will now progress to the National finals to be held later this year.

The Russell Brown Adventure Park (named after a long-serving community volunteer) came to life through the hard work of a steering committee, comprising the Rotary Club of Mosman Park, the Mosman Park Community Men’s Shed, St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, along with the Town of Mosman Park and through the donation of time and materials from dozens of local volunteers and organisations.

The Park was officially opened and launched by The Hon Colin Barnett MLA, Member for Cottesloe; Premier of Western Australia; Minister for Tourism and Science on 27 March 2015; and since then has been extremely well patronised by local people and visitors alike.  The family of Russell Brown were on hand, and they were very touched that Russell’s love of the outdoors and his sense of fun and playfulness would be remembered through this enduring tribute.

The design for the park was aided through the input of Nature Based Play, through the expertise of consultant Terry Farrell, who helped bring to life a natural and unstructured play space where local children could have a genuine interaction with nature.

Located in picturesque Minim Cove in Mosman Park, the Russell Brown Adventure Park features trees, cubbies, swings, and a waterway that runs into the Cooling Ponds, which is a favourite with children who use rocks to build dams and use leaves and twigs to build little ‘boats’ that they can race along.  With river views, it is an idyllic spot enjoyed by the young and the young at heart.

Mayor of Mosman Park Ron Norris was delighted that the Town’s collaborative achievement was recognised formally, thanking all those who were involved in the project for their contributions. 

“I am so pleased that the Russell Brown Adventure Park has been singled out in this way, with the conferring of an award that recognises excellence in the projects that create a sense of place for the community and that delights childhood development, all of which are very fitting for our Park,”

Mayor Norris said.  “It is a wonderful example of community partners and volunteers working together toward a common goal – providing nature-based play for our children and grandchildren, which is so crucial for their development.  We congratulate all those involved and are keeping our fingers crossed for the national finals.”

About the award

The 2016 Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA) WA Awards showcase the "best of the best" in the Western Australian leisure and parks industry. The winners from each of the eleven award categories were announced at the PLA WA national conference, held on 16 June 2016, with regional winners will progress to the national finals.  Conference attendees went on a tour on the Friday of some of the best nominations in Perth, with the Russell Brown Adventure Park being the last destination of their tour.

The Town of Mosman Park’s Russell Brown Adventure Park won the category of “PLAYSPACE: MINOR (<$0.5M) – this award is given to a ‘minor’ project that involves a range of stakeholders, contributes to the creation of a sense of “place” for its local community and exhibits landscape and/or structural design innovation that delights and aids childhood development.

 

Where to vote this Saturday in Mosman Park

The federal election will be held this Saturday 2 July 2016.

Details of polling stations for the seat of Curtin (local electorate) are as follows:

On the day, vote at St Hildas Primary on McCabe Street, Mosman Park, however if you need to or are eligible to vote early, voting for Curtin Electorate is 531 Hay Street Subiaco from 8:30 to 5:30 today to Friday.

For further details visit http://aec.gov.au and search by postcode or suburb.

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