Natural area management
Without considering the bushland and wetland areas within Perth Airport, less than 2% of the original natural vegetation areas remain within the City of Belmont.
To protect the natural environment, support local flora and fauna and help to restore biodiversity, the City maintains 50 hectares of natural areas and completes several environmental restoration and revegetation projects every year.
In 2021/22 the City will be implementing the following environmental projects.
Various dryland species will be planted at the following sites across the City of Belmont during winter 2021:
- Tomato Lake - Pelegrini
- Tomato Lake Bushland
- Tomato Lake foreshore planting - Kambalda Way side
- Norlin Park
- Smythe Lake Park
- Grandstand Road - Carbon Neutral infill
- Memorial Drive foreshore (upper bank)
- Rivervale foreshore - Adachi Park end
Floating wetlands at Tomato Lake and Ascot Waters
A series of floating wetlands were installed at Tomato Lake and Ascot Freshwater Lake during 2020 to help improve water quality and increase aquatic biodiversity. The structures at Ascot Waters also provides a perch for waterbirds.
The nutrient reduction and microorganism activity is achieved through the root system of the plants, whereby the nutrients are removed from the water and then stored in the leafy stems. The stems are then harvested removing the nutrients from the system. The microorganism activity is a by-product of the root development of the plants.
City staff will be harvesting the plants stems coming into winter 2021. Once they have been pruned the plants will then actively grow during spring, where they will again utilise the excess nutrients in the water while they develop over the summer period.
For further information on these projects, please phone the Parks, Leisure and Environment team on 9477 7257.
Vegetation within the Swan Canning Riverpark and Development Control area
Trees and other vegetation located within the Swan Canning Riverpark and Development Control area are protected under the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Act and Regulations. This can include vegetation located on private property.
If your property is located within this protected area, you will need approval from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
before you can prune, remove or do anything which could damage or impact the vegetation. Penalties of up to $5,000 apply for damage to vegetation without approval.
For more information, please contact the Rivers & Estuaries Branch
of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.