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. 

Our Kent Street Weir Precinct Plan is our vision for this much loved space and will see the reserve benefit from $8.5 million in investment over the next two years. 

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. Further upgrades will be completed in late 2022. 

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

How to get involved


Local residents and members of the public are welcome to share their views on the various aspects of the concept plan for the area.

To have your say on the various aspects of the proposed plan, please visit:  www.yoursaycanning.com.au/kent-street-weir

Following the closure of this survey on 22 January, 2021, the City will analyse the community feedback received over the period, from both the online survey and the community engagement event that was held on 6 December, 2020.

The City will then use this feedback to further inform the detailed design of the Precinct Plan.
 

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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 CafĂ© 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
2021 March Proposed
Works begin on sewer system upgrade, wetland buffer and dog exercise area infrastructure and realignment
2021 October Proposed
Works begin on district level play area, pump track upgrade, car parking expansion and upgrade, parks infrastructure upgrade


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