The new interpretation node installed at Kent Street Weir. Image: DBCA
The new interpretation node installed at Kent Street Weir. Image: DBCA
  • Kent Street Weir node the most recent location for River Journeys project
  • Aboriginal-owned business contracted for artwork and construction

A new interpretation node has been installed at Kent Street Weir as part of the McGowan Government's commitment to the ongoing enhancement of the Swan Canning Riverpark.

This collaborative project between the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and the City of Canning, with funding support from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, will promote the historical values and connection traditional owners have with the area.

The Swan Canning Riverpark is an iconic part of Perth's landscape, popular for its recreational activities.

The new interpretation node gives visitors the opportunity to learn about this area and take away valuable information about the Riverpark.

The multi-use node consists of timber boardwalks, seating areas and a decorative path with Aboriginal artwork completed by Justin Martin, enhancing visitors' experience of the waterways and foreshore park.

The works were completed by CareyMC Pty Ltd, a majority Aboriginal-owned business that specialises in civil construction and training for Aboriginal people

As part of the project, six trainees were able to complete their Certificate II in Civil Construction, delivering positive environmental, cultural, and economic outcomes.

This project is part of the broader Swan Canning Riverpark Trails network, connecting paths and interpretation facilities in the Riverpark - known as River Journeys.

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

"It is fantastic to see the Aboriginal representation on this project as the information on these interpretation nodes brings to life the rich history of the Whadjuk people and their connection to the area.

"I'm sure that the new interpretation node will spark interest in WA's unique cultural, environmental and heritage values from the community and visitors to the Riverpark."

Comments attributed to Cannington MLA Bill Johnston:

 "The Canning River Regional Park is an asset to our community, and this project brings to life the area's rich cultural history.

"Thank you to everyone who worked on this project, which is a great addition to the park."

Page reviewed 27 Jul 2020