Residents to decide riverfront’s future

Residents to decide riverfront’s future

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Community workshops on the future of Shelley Beach have been announced for June. Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen.

The future of Shelley Beach Park is in the hands of residents, with community workshops coming up giving locals the chance to provide their input on the controversial Shelley Beach Park Master Plan.

On two dates in June residents will be able to meet with City of Canning representatives to discuss the future plans of the site, which have included a controversial proposal for a riverfront café.

In 2017 a group of residents and the city were repeatedly in conflict over the proposal to develop a café and associated infrastructure on the Shelley Beach foreshore.

A survey of 758 homes in June 2017 revealed 66 per cent of respondents supported the development of a new café in the area, but the opposition group dismissed the results as flawed as the feedback was from about a quarter of all Shelley and Rossmoyne homes.

The results also revealed the area was popular for exercise and community events, and suggested upgrades included playground renovations, the installation of exercise equipment, more trees, barbecues, landscaping and toilets.

Canning mayor Paul Ng said the workshops were an opportunity for residents to influence the future of the area.

“The precinct is incredibly popular and we want to get a complete understanding of the cultural, recreational and ecological use of the region and the potential opportunities for the enhancement of Shelley Beach Park,” he said.

The community workshops will be held on June 7 between 6pm and 7.30pm at Riverton Library, and on June 9 from 10am to 11.30am at Shelley Beach Park.

Places must be booked and can be made by visiting yoursaycanning.com.au or by calling 1300 422 664.