Have your say on the Kent Street sand pit transformation

Published on 17 January 2022

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The Town of Victoria Park is seeking community feedback on the draft final concept design for the Kent Street sand pit in Kensington to develop the former landfill site into a valued public space of more than 4.5 hectares.

Mayor Karen Vernon said, “The Kent Street sand pit is a part of the wider environmentally significant Jirdarup Bushland Precinct that includes the remnant banksia woodland of the Kensington Bushland Reserve and George Street Reserve.

“The sand pit site presents an important opportunity to restore a contaminated site and expand the natural habitat of endangered and rare species of flora and fauna, including the black cockatoo.”

The design is based on previous community consultation, and major elements include:

  • a focus on revegetation and ecological restoration of the remnant woodland
  • incorporation of Noongar cultural considerations, such as a yarning space
  • universal accessibility
  • a primary perimeter path and secondary connecting pathway
  • interpretive signage and wayfinding.

Council was made aware of community desire to rehabilitate the sand pit in November 2019, after receiving a petition from the Friends of Jirdarup Bushland requesting the revegetation of the Kent Street sand pit.

“This project is another great example of how the passion of our community for their environment has inspired Council to embark on a best practice restoration project to preserve and protect the future of one of our most precious natural assets,” said Mayor Vernon.

Prior to the concept design, the Town also sought advice from specialists from Curtin University and the Mindeera Advisory Group, seeking their expertise on the proposed elements for the site. Local Aboriginal Elder Emeritus Professor Simon Forrest and Professor Kingsley Dixon provided advice on cultural and environmental restoration respectively.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our community to be involved in the co-design of this unique project, and I encourage everyone to get involved,” said Mayor Vernon.

Consultation closes 5pm Monday 7 February, submissions can be made at yourthoughts.victoriapark.wa.gov.au/kentstreetsandpit

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