One for the birds

BAYSWATER council has won another gong for its work on rehabilitating the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary.

The Australasian Land and Groundwater Association awarded the city the Best Scoping/Operation of a Site Investigation for 2018.

It is the fourth gong the city has received for transforming the neglected wetlands into a public space with increased biodiversity, a sustainable bird habitat and improved water quality.

“The successful revitalisation of the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary demonstrates the city’s commitment to our natural environment and to providing quality public space for our community,” said Bayswater mayor Dan Bull.

“City staff, councillors, community groups and representatives from the department of biodiversity, conservation and attractions worked tirelessly to restore the wetland and we are immensely proud of what has now become a multi-award winning environmental project.

“The ambitious rehabilitation project has resulted in a healthy wetland with increased wildlife diversity and has improved the water quality of the Swan and Canning River system. It has created a beautiful area of open space that will continue to be enjoyed by the community for many years to come.”

The city also won an environmental leadership and sustainability award for its Bayswater Brook catchment management project, which aims to improve the quality of water flowing into the Swan River.

“…The city has begun work on the next stage of the Bayswater Brook Catchment Management Project – the conversion of drainage sites into living streams,”  says Cr Bull.

“Designed to mimic natural wetlands, these living streams not only provide habitat for birds, frogs, and other wildlife, but have actually been known to increase the value of surrounding properties in the neighbourhood.

“As an organisation we’re incredibly proud of the work we do in environmental sustainability and I’m thrilled to see the city recognised for this,” Cr Bull said.

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