CONSTRUCTION on the new Maylands Waterland will now begin following a traditional smoking ceremony at the site.
The ceremony recognised the cultural significance of the area, and was led by Balladong and Whadjuk man Vaughn McGuire.
His brother Barry McGuire “was instrumental in assisting Josh Byrne and Associates in the detailed design of the site”, Bayswater mayor Dan Bull said.
The $3.5 million first stage of the Waterland redevelopment will have a splash pad, splash pool, creek, play areas and surrounding gear for picnics and barbecues.
It’s due to be open by December this year.
Stage two is not yet funded and would need another $3.7m; that’d include the mildly deeper pools the old Waterland had before it was closed due to wear and tear.