Tuesday, 23 July 2019
The revitalisation of Bunbury’s Brockman Park will take shape later this week when 100 students from neighbouring Cooinda Primary School take part in a community planting event.
A collaborative approach between the City of Bunbury and the State Government, through Water Corporation and Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), will transform the urban drain into a vibrant living stream and recreational space for the benefit of the environment and the local community.
In total about 6500 native plants and 50 trees will be planted this week with the year 5 and 6 students from Cooinda Primary School planting about 1000 native plants on Friday.
The planting will help to remove nutrients and sediments from the water that could otherwise contribute to algal blooms in the receiving watercourses.
Water from a piped stormwater drain will instead flow through a new wetland system, as a part of DWER's Regional Estuaries Initiative program.
The Regional Estuaries Initiative is a $20 million State Government investment in the health of at-risk South West estuaries, supporting liveable and productive communities.
Later this year, the City of Bunbury will oversee a community art project on an adjacent commercial building as part of the improvements.
Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan was pleased the City of Bunbury and the State Government were working together on a unique community initiative.
“I am thrilled that the City and the State Government could come together and deliver a project that has such a positive environmental and community impact,” Mayor Brennan said.
“To have the local school (Cooinda Primary School) involved with the planting is a fantastic initiative and gives the students an opportunity to contribute to and connect with their local environment.”
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s Director General Mike Rowe was excited to see how the collaboration will jointly benefit the community and water quality.
“This project is a great example of how urban water can be managed to improve outcomes for the community and the environment,” Mr Rowe said.
“Retrofitting for water sensitive cities turns stormwater back into a community asset and protects the health of the Leschenault Inlet’s important ecosystems.”
The Brockman Park improvements have been jointly funded with $190,000 from the City of Bunbury, $120,000 through the Regional Estuaries Initiative and $40,000 from the Water Corporation.