Funds for River Walls in South Perth

Yesterday I visited the Mends Street foreshore with Environment Minister Albert Jacob to announce a State Budget allocation of $500,000 to the City of South Perth towards the cost of repairing damaged river walls.

Environment Minister Albert Jacob, Riverbank manager Markus Nordstrom and John McGrath MLA
Environment Minister Albert Jacob, Riverbank manager Markus Nordstrom and John McGrath MLA

This takes the government’s contribution to $1 million as part of a 2013 election commitment to provide $1.35 million for the project.

This is great news not only for the people of South Perth but for the thousands who use the foreshore on a regular basis. It addresses a serious safety issue created by the damaged walls and, when completed, will compliment the work being done across the river at Elizabeth Quay.

I commend Minister Jacob for making sure that the project was not ignored. I am hopeful that the remaining $350,000 will become available in the 2015-16 budget.

In the meantime the City of South Perth, which has set aside $2 million for the foreshore improvements, will be able to get on with the job of replacing the 50-year-old river walls in time for Australia Day next year.

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