Another shot at Banks

PLANS to rejuvenate Banks Reserve with a new plaza, boardwalk and playground is open for another round of public comment.

The proposed masterplan includes demolishing an ageing, largely unused pavilion and replacing it with an open plaza and building a boardwalk that winds through the vegetation and provides access to the river

There is also a possibility a new community facility will be built, although that will almost double the $2.4 million cost of the project.

The Whadjuck Working Group and elder Noel Nannup were consulted to make sure the plan respected the traditional owners, and it’s intended to incorporate Whadjuk Noongar history through landscaping, planting, artwork, signs and interpretation.

• Surveying Banks Reserve: Rob Jenkinson from the Perth Paddlers Kayak Club, elder Noel Nannup, Vincent mayor Emma Cole and council projects officer Wayne Grimes.

Subtle

The works are intended to be “subtle” and not overdevelop the area.

Vincent mayor Emma Cole says they’re aiming to make it more accessible and attractive while preserving the natural and cultural aspects.

The area is set to become a lot busier with up to 8600 people projected to pass through on the way to Perth new stadium, although Vincent staff reckon that figure is on the high side.

The consultation was meant to close on November 28, but they’re reopening it for a little longer because the initial forms didn’t tell people when the council would be voting on the masterplan.

Ms Cole says they want to be thorough and give the community time to have their say before it’s voted on at the February 5 council meeting.

• The works are intended to be “subtle”

Of the 35 submissions so far, nine were opposed, with people concerned that the boardwalk was “desecration of a renewed natural environment” and an “unnecessary waste of money”.

Council admin responded saying they’d be sensitive and work with the state’s conservation department to minimise the impact on plants and animals.

Consultation’s open until January 16.

If you have any thoughts, the plan’s up at http://www.imagine.vincent.wa.gov.au

by DAVID BELL

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A Noongar name?

BANKS RESERVE was named in the early 1960s after Perth city councillor Ronald Banks, and before that it was known as the Swan Street Reserve.

But the land is significant to Nyoongar people, so Vincent council is considering renaming it. They brought in elder Len Collard to suggest some names that reflect the Noongar cultural knowledge of the area:

• Waugul-mia-up: a resting place of the Waugal

• Moort-al-up: one of our family’s homes

• Meriny-up: place of food gathering

• Moort Karla-mia: our family’s homefires/campfires

• Beeliar-booja: riverland, where the water meets the land

The wider area is known as Warndoolier.

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