Garvey Park is a major riverside reserve that contains significant areas of remnant foreshore vegetation and extensive revegetation areas.
To see the areas explained below, you can follow the self guided Garvey Park Nature Walk Trail. The walk follows limestone pathways and will take approximately 20- 30 minutes (2 kilometre distance).
Coolgardie Living Stream and Garvey Park Floodplain
In 2001 and 2002, a 500 metre linear stormwater drain was converted into a living stream by sculpting and battering the banks to create a gentler slope and increasing the area available for wetland habitat. 21,700 wetland and dryland trees, shrubs, sedges and rushes were subsequently planted in 2003.
Between 2004 and 2009, 4.6 hectares of floodplain was progressively revegetated, linking the Coolgardie Living Stream to Ayres Bushland to the south-west.
Carbon Neutral woodlands
Each year from 2005 to 2012, approximately 1,000 trees and 1,000 understorey plants were established as part of the Carbon Neutral Program. These trees sequester the equivalent amount of carbon generated by Council’s light vehicle fleet in one year. Over 4 hectares was revegetated.
A foreshore stabilisation plan has been developed for Garvey Park, divided into Sections 1 - 4 and stretching from the Coolgardie Living Stream to Hilton Grove.
Works were completed at Section 1 (Hilton Grove) in 2011, Section 4 (near Coolgardie Living Stream) in 2012 and Section 3 (extending to the Ascot Kayak Club/ kiosk building) in 2016.
The City is currently in the design stage for the remaining area (Section 2).
Garvey Park Created Wetland
A wetland was created in 2004 near Tibradden Circle to capture stormwater from Tibradden Estate, improving water quality prior to it entering Coolgardie Living Stream and the river. The wetland provides important habitat for waterbirds and frogs.