Volunteers call for support to prevent erosion at Wadjup Point
13 December 2019
The Foreshore Coordinator of a prominent local environment group is calling for community support to prevent further erosion of the riverbank at Wadjup Point in Shelley following ongoing damage by visitors.
Sue Stanley, from the Canning River Residents Environment Protection Association Inc. (CRREPA), said ongoing damage at the site meant that she and her colleagues were required to attend to it weekly to pick up rubbish and fishing line, replant trampled plants, replace rocks and at times, pick them out of the water where they had been thrown.
In partnership with the City, CRREPA works to protect and enhance the Canning River foreshore and relies on the dedication of local volunteers.
In June 2017, to prevent further erosion of the riverbank, the City undertook revegetation, contouring of the riverbank and placed erosion control matting and limestone rocks at a small area near Wadjup Point. The area was then fenced on one side to discourage foot traffic.
Ms Stanley said that unfortunately due to the popularity of the area for fishing, the fence had not deterred visitors from walking over the revegetation site, setting back plant growth.
“We have to continually work to stabilise the area as we have ongoing issues with people trampling plants, moving rocks and disturbing the soil,” Ms Stanley said.
“We ask that people please avoid the site while the vegetation grows to prevent further erosion of the riverbank and to mitigate the damage to infrastructure (like walking and bike paths) that is likely to occur if the erosion continues.”
“It is just one small area of Wadjup Point, there are plenty of other great spots for recreational fishing along the six kilometres of foreshore. People need to realise that when the plants mature they will also provide better habitat for fish breeding, helping to boost the fish population and provide a better long-term outcome for anglers.”
City of Canning Mayor Patrick Hall said, “Wadjup Point is such a significant space for our community, but its location means that it is often exposed to the elements making it difficult for trees and other vegetation to thrive. The City and CREEPA are simply asking visitors to be mindful of its environmental value and to take steps to minimise any potential impact. ”
If you are interested in becoming a CRREPA volunteer, please visit www.sercul.org.au/crrepa/