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WATCHDOG: Development of a 10-hectare section of riverfront land will be managed by the Swan River Trust, it was announced today.

Swan River Trust to manage Perth Waterfront

The Swan River Trust has been appointed to manage the environmental assessment of the state government’s Perth Waterfront project, the Environmental Protection Authority has announced.

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Swan River Trust should reject this appointment as a poisoned chalice. The current design of the foreshore ensures public and environmental health by a) providing a smooth water edge so the minimal flow rates can replace the water daily, and b) allowing a lot of passing traffic to enjoy the location, by cars and bikes, but limiting long terms visits that leave behind rubbish. The new plans disgard those strategies in favour of 'monitoring'. What will happen is the water will stagnate and be unhealthy for both marine life and humans. It will stink. There are no strategies available to the Swan River Trust that will allow them to ensure the water remains clean and healthy. There are no strategies for doing this, and that is why the foreshore was designed the way it was. The foreshore is not a lost opportunity, it is a design that allows enjoyment of the area without creating environmental health problems. Listen up you city salary men. The redesign does not address the environmental health problem that the current design does address. You are being sold a backwards step, to the back-room chortle of the developers.

Absolute madness. Surely the priority of the incumbent Government ought to be focused on providing infrastructure for what we have presently. The recent redevelopment of St George's Terrace has made traffic flow worse and the freeweay is almost at gridlock. We are not New York or Los Angeles and never will be. This idea is simply a distraction to cover up the REAL NEEDS of the City.

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