Ashfield CAN launches The Lookout

Published on Thursday, 23 September 2021 at 1:26:12 PM

Last Friday, community gathered at the corner of Kenny and Hardy Roads to celebrate the official opening of The Lookout, a collaborative local project led by AshfieldCAN and supported by Dave Kelly MLA, the Town of Bassendean, and Ghems Revegetation Environmental.

AshfieldCAN has worked to transform what was a contaminated site into a place of contemplation and connection with a new community garden that enables residents to admire the sweeping view over the Ashfield Flats wetland and the Darling Scarp beyond.

A highlight of the space is a story telling bench made in part from recycled timbers salvaged from the Sandy Beach Reserve Jetty, with QR codes inlaid that can be used to listen to a range of stories about the history of Ashfield from long term residents, along with the sounds of birds and other local wildlife.

Everything in the garden is recycled or reused, including timber logs from the old jetty at Sandy Beach Reserve, left over concrete that was cast into steppingstones, and recycled mulch used to create a pathway through the space.

The community worked to plant over 2,500 plants, including native bush tucker and medicine plants, that will be maintained by the Town.

This garden is now a spot locals can walk to, and visitors can enjoy, to see the beauty of the area and hear stories that connect people to place.

View of garden and outlook to Ashfield Flats

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