City of Albany breathes life into Living Stream
Media Statement from City of Albany
The City of Albany has gained government and community assistance to develop a ‘living stream,’ a project at the corner of North and Sanford Rd in Albany.
“The City has completed an upgrade of the severely degraded ditch drain with a project grant of $195,000 from the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP) Round Three. We are now working on densely planting native shrubs and rushes to attract birds and other wildlife to develop the ‘living stream’.
The City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said local groups and schools started with some planting on National Tree Day and the project is gaining momentum with more people offering to get involved.
The first Corporate Planting Day on 12 September will be a shared effort between the City of Albany, South Coast Natural Resource Management, and the Department of Water. Teams will arrive between 11am – 1pm to plant shrubs followed by a BBQ to celebrate the creation of the Living Stream project.
Two more planting days (13 & 14 September) will include the Worklink Green theme team, local students and Friends of Yakamia who will spend half days planting incorporating “bush tucker” plants with assistance of a local indigenous representative.
“Community members can lend a hand in making Albany’s new ‘water feature’ ornamental as well as functional by taking part in upcoming planting days,” said Mayor Wellington.
Staff members from City of Albany, South Coast Natural Resource Management and the Department of Water will don their gardening gear on Wednesday, 12 September to add to the work already done in turning the project into a living, breathing waterway.
“Native shrubs and rushes which will attract birds and other wildlife have been densely planted on the banks of the waterway,” said Mayor Wellington.
“It will also assist in managing the drainage and flooding issues in Centennial Park, and the rushes and sedges will filter water as it makes it way down Yakamia Creek to Oyster harbour.
“The City is fortunate to have the assistance of the indigenous community in incorporating plants for traditional and food use.
“We’re very pleased to bring these groups together for the good of our environment,” said Ms Hill.
To date 42 volunteers have planted 6000 shrubs and rushes have been planted with another 6000 expected in September.
“The City of Albany and the Council thank all volunteers, cooperating groups and funding partners for their generous time and expertise to complete a true living stream project which can be enjoyed by everyone in a central location,” said Mayor Wellington.
The Living Stream Project is supported by funding from the Australian Government under its Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP) round 3 program and the City of Albany.
A living stream is a retrofitted stormwater conveyance channel that mimics the characteristics of a natural stream capable of safely conveying large flows.
A living stream creates an attractive feature for passive recreation that will also encourage diverse habitat and restore environmental characteristics through native and indigenous plantings.