River rangers

• Bayswater mayor Dan Bull at Bardon Park with ranger Jane Rigney and council ranger manager Simon Hubbard. Photo by Steve Grant

COUNCIL rangers have started bike patrols along the stretch of the river in Bayswater that’s inaccessible by car.

They’ve added two off-road specialised pushbikes to their fleet and they’ll be focusing on the busiest riverside locations like Bardon Park and Riverside Gardens.

Council is targeting people who litter and irresponsible pet owners who let their dogs rampage about off-leash, particularly around Riverside Gardens which is right next to the Eric Singleton bird sanctuary.

Bayswater mayor Dan Bull says  most of the city’s 10km stretch of riverfront isn’t accessible by car.

“Visitors to these popular riverside destinations can now expect to see the city’s rangers out and about patrolling on push bikes,” Mr Bull says.

“Using bicycles instead of cars means the rangers are more visible and approachable to the community, plus it’s a much more environmentally-friendly way to get around the city’s sensitive natural areas.”

Meanwhile, there’s a couple of big community cleanups planned:

• On September 23 between 9am and 11am there’s the Big River Cleanup, organised by local Laura Thomas after the death of two river dolphins to “see how much plastic and rubbish we can stop from reaching the ocean”. Meeting point is at Riverside Gardens, near the toilets and playground.

• On October 6, Perth Advocates for the Earth are running the WA Marine Debris Project 2018 beach clean-up day. It will be held in Bardon Park Maylands, from 8.30am to 1pm.

by DAVID BELL

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