No wave park at Tompkins Park
A fragile jewel worth preserving
The Swan River Estuary is much-loved and provides a sense of place to the Perth community. At Tompkins Park in Alfred Cove we have a Marine Park bordered by a narrow margin of A-Class Nature Reserve that is part of Bush Forever Site 331.
It is a very small pocket of native flora and fauna but it is precious. This place has international recognition for its ecological importance as well as its ancient cultural heritage values.
Why is it precious?
This area is a protected sanctuary to a rich diversity of native fauna, including river dolphins and over 130 species of birdlife. It is a staging area for threatened species of migratory wading birds from the Arctic because it offers refuge to rest and ‘re-fuel’ on their yearly flights. Experts consider it to be one of the most important waterbird habitats in the south-west.
But, it is also a last-remaining area of the threatened ecological community of coastal salt-marsh. There is barely 1% of this vegetation type remaining in the Region. It is home for a wide range of benthic organisms and supports numerous resident and visiting crustaceans, insects, fish, birds and mammals.
And it is under threat…
There is a proposal to construct a massive artificial wave park on the shores of the Swan River at Tompkins Park in Alfred Cove.
The hard-surface/ impervious footprint of the development will be of nearly four hectares. It will it preclude the restoration of the Crown Land as an ecological buffer to the Marine Park, and it will increase pressure on existing ‘protected’ native flora and fauna.
Even though large areas are under grass, BF 331 has been identified as vital to the preservation of the outstanding natural values of the Swan River Estuary. It provides a green buffer to the Swan Estuary Marine Park at Alfred Cove. It also supports the narrow ribbon of foreshore vegetation classified as A-Class Nature Reserve. Within the area are pockets of surviving wetland/damp-land habitat important as wildlife corridors.
If the development is given approval we will lose yet another beautiful estuarine landscape forever. Our wildlife will lose yet another important habitat.
The campaign to protect Alfred Cove
The Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group Inc. (SERAG) are campaigning to protect our wildlife and natural places at Alfred Cove. They call for the rejection of the artificial wave park on Tompkins Park.
The Alfred Cove Action Group (ACAG) is also campaigning for an alternative use plan for Tompkins Park.
Imagine this area becoming the Melville Bird Sanctuary and Discovery Centre!
Such a development would strengthen, complement and support the internationally celebrated natural values, the Aboriginal and other heritage values, whilst also improving access to the Swan River for the community – young and old alike.
How You can help