Bassendean Briefings - No. 121

Ashfield Flats Restoration Program The Ashfield Flats is a significant floodplain with high conservation value. The State Government’s Department of Planning, Lands & Heritage (DPLH), which owns and manages the major portion of the Flats, is taking positive steps to restore the area and has developed a draft works program (2018–2023) to guide its management. The draft plan will be refined in consultation with the Town of Bassendean, The Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, and the local community. The State Government has allocated funding for Stage 1 of the works program, which includes the following priorities: • Protection of the foreshore from further erosion by erecting temporary fencing to encourage re-vegetation whilst providing access points so people and dogs can continue to connect to the river; • Realignment of the existing walk path to the north of the fence line; and • Conducting a hydrological study of the wetlands to inform future management. Council has also requested that the Department of Transport review the current boat speed and undertake a community education and policing program in an effort to reduce erosion related to wave action. Please go to to view the Ashfield Flats Reserve Draft Concept Plan, share your views, and view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the project. All feedback will be provided to the DPLH and will be received by the River Parks Committee, which will provide a recommendation to Council prior to the final plan being endorsed by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. Subject to all approvals and permits being in place, Stage 1 should commence prior to 30 June 2018. Mr Dave Kelly MLA, as the Local Member for Bassendean, is also happy to receive feedback on this State Government project, in an effort to get the best outcome for our community. Mr Kelly’s office can be contacted on 9279 9871. Bassendean Briefings June–July 2018 | Issue No. 121 A Newsletter for the residents of Ashfield, Bassendean and Eden Hill distributed by your Council