Invitation to Comment – Old Coast Road – Proposed Foreshore Shared Path

To help us in our decision-making, we are writing to you to encourage you to comment on the following proposal, as we would appreciate your time and feedback:

Proposal: OLD COAST ROAD – PROPOSED FORESHORE SHARED PATH
Consultation Period: 8th September 2018 to 1st October 2018

Background:

The land adjacent to the Leschenault Estuary, between the high water mark and the rear boundary of the properties along Old Coast Road between Ridley Place and the Christina Street Reserve, comprises part of the Leschenault Regional Park (refer Attachment A).

The Shire has secured contributory funding, from the Department of Transport, for the installation of a shared pathway in this section of parkland and the project is included in Council’s 2017/18 adopted works program. The proposed pathway next to the Leschenault estuary will connect to the existing pathway which runs through the Ridley Place Reserve and to the pathway currently being planned along the Christina Street Reserve.

At its meeting held on 18th October 2016, Council considered a petition from number of residents who reside on Old Coast Road between Ridley Place and the Christina Street Reserve who indicated that they did not support the proposed pathway for a number of reasons including  safety, environmental and adverse effect on their current amenity.

Following consideration of the matter, Council requested that a further report be prepared, for its consideration, following public consultation and completion of the 15% design concept plan for the proposed shared pathway.

Details:

The pathway will be 2.50m in width and 100mm thick (refer plan Attachment B).To minimise disruption during the construction phase, the proposed pathway will be constructed in colourised concrete as this will obviate the need for more extensive earthworks, delivering and laying of a subbase material including compaction and shaping and overlaying with hotmixed asphalt.

The management of native vegetation and species as well as water quality would be achieved through the suitable siting of the pathway including the erection of appropriate signage indicating wildlife habitat.

At present there are issues with the introduction of exotic grass species e.g. couch planted by residents, the use of fertiliser and other garden products, the planting of exotic vegetation on the water line, and the use of the public area for privately owned infrastructure.

The proposed pathway would provide a demarcation line between exotic grass, and the sedge and other native vegetation. Once the pathway has been installed, the couch grass and other introduced vegetation on the water line would be removed and replaced with native species. This would create more suitable habitat for native species and reduce fertiliser usage in the proximity of the edge of the reserve which would in turn improve water quality.

The area of foreshore reserve is currently a dog on leash area and this would not change.

Finally as the land is publicly owned its purpose is for it to be used by the community for their enjoyment of the Leschenault Estuary area. There is no obligation for adjoining residents to maintain the foreshore area as an extension of their private property as is currently the case in some instances.

The Process:

 As mentioned above, Council, at its meeting held on 18th October 2016, requested that a further report be prepared, for its consideration, following public consultation and completion of 15% design concept plan. The proposal as outlined in Attachment B is being advertised for 21 days seeking feedback and input. Once comments have been received and assessed, a further report will be presented to Council outlining the community feedback received and recommending a way forward.  The Attachments (A & B) can be viewed by clicking on the following link which will go to the advertisement site http://www.harvey.wa.gov.au/latest-general-adverts.

Submitting Comments:

 Therefore your written feedback via either of the following avenues is requested by 4.00pm on 1st October 2018.

  • Via post – Handwrite your comments on the attached Submission Form and post it to the Shire’s Chief Executive Officer
  • Via email – Addressed to the Chief Executive Officer at shire@harvey.wa.gov.au with a reference to the Old Coast Road – Proposed Foreshore Shared Path
  • In person – visit the Australind Office located at 5 Mulgara Street in Australind during office hours and write your comments on a Submission Form.

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your comments on this proposal and should you require any further information please contact either the Shire’s Manager of Infrastructure, Ian Cocker or myself, Rick Lotznicker, Executive Manager Technical Services on (08) 9729 0300.