River Forum - an invite to share your views

River Forum – an invite to share your views

14/08/2014 · Current Projects

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Bassendean River Parks management committee.

At the Town of Bassendean Council meeting on the 28th April, 2015, a motion was passed to create a Bassendean Parks and River Committee.

This committee would comprise of government departments, Town of Bassendean  Council and staff representatives, community group representatives. One of the initial objectives would be to develop a management plan for Ashfield Flats.

We welcome this as a positive tangible outcome to our endeavours to highlight the concerns about the management of Ashfield Flats and will continue to support the process in any way we can.

The River Forum was held on the 30th March.

About 60 people attended the forum.

Representative from the AshfieldCAN, Department of Planning, Swan River Trust and the Town of Bassendean all formally spoke at the meeting.

The forum was well attended by the local councils bordering the River in this area. Representatives were there from Bassendean, Bayswater and Belmont Council, as was Dave Kelly the local Member for Bassendean. Chris Tallentire the Shadow Minister for the Environment also attended. Representative from local community groups such as the Bassendean Preservation group, Baigup Wetland group, Banks Reserve Precinct Group and the Claisebrook Catchment Group also attended. A number of local residents also attended.

Ashfield Experience final

Please open attached file here for the questions and comments that were noted at the meeting

Questions and comments from the river forum

Penny Lee from the Baigup Wetlands Group has offered this report below.

Ashfield Flats report by Penny Lee

Notes from Lucy Bromell regarding the forum.

Thank you to those that turned up to the Forum.

It was good to see how many people turned up to the forum and believe that management of the Ashfield Flats and Swan River are important issues.

I have to say I came away from the meeting thinking of the Ashfield Flats and River as a bit of an ‘orphan child’- Everyone quite likes the child, but no one really wants to look after it and heaven forbid, no one can afford to pay for it to go through School!

At a subsequent AshfieldCAN subcommittee we agreed that there was a massive amount of knowledge in the room but sadly definitely a sense of “we have been here before’. How we do change this? We need to harvest this knowledge and turn it into a meaningful solution.

As the pressures on the Ashfield Flats area mounts due to the increase in popularity of the area, the more important it becomes to have good management.

We believe that this issue is important and we would like to continue to pursue any way we can to encourage the agencies involved to develop a meaningful masterplan for the Ashfield Flats and the Swan River in this region.

– Taking that child analogy one step further –  ‘It takes a village to educate a child”  suggests we all need to have a hand in finding a solution!

To add your views please email us at  info@ashfieldcan.info

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On behalf of the Ashfield Community Action Network we would like to invite you to a community meeting regarding the Swan River.

This will be on the Monday 30th March at The Ashfield Sports Club, Colstoun Road, Ashfield at 7pm.

The intention of the meeting is the following.

  • Firstly to inform local residents and interested parties of the works being done in the area of the Ashfield Flats. This will be done by representatives from the Swan River Trust, DPI and Town of Bassendean.
  • This will include information regarding any proposed future work to be done along this area and in the Ashfield Bush forever site.
  • A concern often voiced by residents and groups along the banks of the River is the number of government agencies both state and local that own/manage or have responsibility for different aspects or areas along the river. The complexities of these relationships can often seem extraordinarily confusing. We would like to explore ideas for potentially finding ways for consistent integrated management, collaboration and support between government agencies and the community for the Swan River between Guildford and East Perth.

 For more information please contact: info@ashfieldcan.info



River Bank walk . September 2014

One of the main concerns raised at AshfieldCAN meetings is the state of the riverbank and surrounding areas along the area known as Ashfield Flats.


On September 15th at 4:30 pm an informal riverbank walk was held so that people could get a shared understanding of the issues surrounding the Ashfield flats riverbank and surrounding area. Many interesting and useful conversations were had.

See below for comments or information regarding that walk.

Meeting with Donna Faragher

Paul Bridges comments

some notes on the river walk issues by Nonie Jekabson

Story – River Gathering by Bob Brown

Ashfield Flats river walk data

ashfield riverbank photos Aug 2014 – photos by Lucy Bromell

We are still keen to hear everyone’s views regarding this significant area so email us at info@ashfieldcan.info