Our Precinct Plan

The Kent Street Weir Precinct, situated on the banks of the Canning River (Djarlgarro Beeliar) is one of Canning’s most well-loved reserves. The gateway to the Canning River Regional Park, the reserve boasts a rich history, significant environmental value and strong cultural significance to the Whadjuk Noongar people, who would camp on its shores and rely on it as a source of food, water and resources. 

Now the reserve continues to be a place where people come together, play, enjoy the river and admire the natural beauty of the area. 

An initial plan for the precinct’s redevelopment was first developed in 2013 after extensive community consultation.

Following further consultation and updates, a master plan for the reserve was endorsed in 2015. Since then, some work has already been delivered, with more information below.

The implementation of the Precinct Plan will ensure that the reserve remains a favourite destination for local families for generations to come.

Upgrades in progress 

Upgrades to the Kent Street Weir Precinct are ongoing. Works on the redevelopment of the existing bmx track, to turn it into a multi-use pump track will begin on the 27th of May, 2022. 

The track will therefore be closed from the 27th to allow the upgrades to occur. Following the construction of the track, landscape works will be undertaken to the tracks surrounds, which will include installation of new turf, parks infrastructure, logs and a gate to prevent vehicle access to the area, tree and shrub planting. The new track has been designed to suit all experience levels from beginner through to experienced and will be an asphalt surface.

Some disruptions will occur over this time and some informal parking areas will be inaccessible during the works period.  It is anticipated that the new pump track and surrounding landscape works will be open by the September school holidays. 

Access to the Canning River Cafe, Canning River Eco Education Centre, Kent Street Weir Bridge and public open space will be maintained throughout the works.

The works are a major part of the delivery of the Kent Street Weir Precinct Plan, and the City appreciates your patience while these works are being carried out. 

The City will be continuing to work with consultants and in-house staff on the precinct’s detailed design works in the 22/23 financial year. This includes design of the play area and various sub consultant work to finalise the precinct design, including the incorporation of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage into the precinct. No civil works are currently planned to take place on site over this time.

Community Engagement Update

The survey and community engagement for this project closed in January 2021. Consultation was conducted through a community consultation picnic, displays at Canning River Eco Education Centre, online and through a series of stakeholder meetings.

We thank everyone who offered their voice to the concept ideas presented.

Since the engagement closed, the City has been considering all the data received; meeting with various groups on specific areas of detail; and talking with City of Canning staff and State Government partners

To view the final summary engagement report please visit:  www.yoursaycanning.com.au/kent-street-weir or click on this link

The City is now undertaking an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan for the site to further recognise the sites Aboriginal cultural heritage and inform the final detailed design works. 
 

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1. Wetland Buffer

The Plan focuses on retaining and increasing native vegetation, including an enhanced buffer to the Wilson Wetland area.

2. Events Pavilion

A dedicated events pavilion will be built here.

3. Events Area

The large turf area will provide expanded and flexible spaces for events.

4. Wetland Area

Opportunities for visitors to gain knowledge of the environmental value of the area will be included, while providing drainage to prevent waterlogging of the adjacent turf area. 

5. Dog Exercise Area: Active Dogs

There will be two areas for dogs of different temperaments. 

6. Dog Exercise Area: Passive Dogs

There will be two areas for dogs of different temperaments. 

7. District Level Play Area

Here will be a new district level play area, around ten times the size of the existing playground and will include a range of equipment for children of all ages and abilities.

8. Junior Play Area

There will also be a junior nature-based play space, catering for smaller children.

9. New Toilet / Amenities Building

A new toilet block will be built and a new sewer system installed, which along with the drainage upgrades, will greatly reduce nutrients entering the Canning River (Djarlgarro Beeliar). 

10. New Walking Tracks

Opportunities for further recognition of Aboriginal heritage and culture will be included across the reserve, acknowledging the area’s important cultural significance to the Whadjuk Noongar people.

11. Community Space / Pavilion

A large pavilion suitable for community gatherings, school excursions and other events will be built here.

12. Upgraded and Expanded Pump Track

We’re creating an expanded and upgraded pump track and cycle facilities, catering to a wider range of skills and ages than the current track.

13. Canoe Wash Down Area

An area for canoe wash down will be provided here. 

14. Canning River Canoe Club Boat Storage

A boat storage area for the Canning River Canoe Club’s club boats will be located here. 

15. New Car Park Area

Where possible, expanded car parking facilities will use sustainable materials and incorporate water-sensitive design principles.

16. Overflow Car Park Area

Where possible, expanded car parking facilities will use sustainable materials and incorporate water-sensitive design principles.

17. Expanded Car Parking Area

Where possible, expanded car parking facilities will use sustainable materials and incorporate water-sensitive design principles.

18. Biofilters

Vegetated biofilters will capture stormwater runoff from surrounding surfaces and then use natural processes to clean the water and process nutrients, while providing cooling shade.

19. New Canoe Drop Off Loop

A re-aligned canoe drop-off loop will be provided to allow easy access for users of the reserve to drop off canoes. 

20. Canning River Cafe

The plan includes an expanded Canning River Café area, to be the subject of further community engagement and consultation. 

21. Canning River Eco Education Centre

The plan includes an expanded Canning River Eco Education Centre, to be the subject of further community engagement and consultation. 
2011 Masterplan
Kent Street Weir masterplan development begins
2012 Community Consultation
Consultation for masterplan completed
2014 Masterplan
Further review and development of the Masterplan following community and stakeholder comment
2015 Consultation
Further community and stakeholder engagement and comments
2015 Endorsement
Kent Street Weir Local Area Management Plan endorsed
2017 Works Completed
Dipping deck and turf upgrade
2018 Works Completed
Weir and bridge upgrade
2020 Works Completed
New shelters, pathway and barbecues
2020 Official Opening
DBCA interpretation node
2020 Endorsement
Updated Kent Street Weir Precinct Plan endorsed by Council
2022 Sewer works
Sewer system upgrade
2022 Ongoing
Detailed design works continue on district level play area, car parking expansion and upgrade, parks infrastructure upgrade and the incorporation of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage into the design. Further updates to follow


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