Urban forest to transform Bayswater

Posted on February 25, 2021
  • $1 million committed by the McGowan Government to turn a former tip into an urban forest
  • This significant environmental project will create a tourism hotspot in Bayswater

An urban forest is set to be created in the heart of Perth if the McGowan Government is re-elected in March.

A re-elected McGowan Government will commit $1 million to convert 4 hectares of a former Bayswater tip to an urban forest.

It will link to the existing Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary, the Swan River and the ‘Carter’s’ wetlands site that the McGowan Government put $1.5 million towards purchasing to save the wetlands.

The forest will become a future tourism location, increase tree canopy, minimise the urban heat effect, create a better green space for the community and help build climate change resilience.

The urban forest project will also be used to create employment for Bayswater’s growing demographic of young people with disabilities.

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

“The McGowan Labor Government has delivered for WA’s environment, investing in our precious and iconic natural resources right across the State.

“Projects like the Bayswater urban forest build on that record, providing a new tourism hotspot for Bayswater and a fantastic asset for the local community.”

Comments attributed to Maylands MLA Lisa Baker:

“This is a wonderful project and shows Maylands is really leading the way – I believe this is the first of its kind in Perth.

“Before the last election, we spent three years fighting for the retention of wetlands in Bayswater at the Carter’s site. We retained a valuable piece of wetland and this project is another step in the right direction.

“I would like to see us explore including fruit trees and representation of the Nyoongar seasons.”