Residents in Yokine and Ferndale now have improved access to vibrant, liveable spaces after Water Corporation partnered with the City of Stirling and City of Canning to transform drainage areas for community benefit.


In Yokine, City of Stirling and Water Corporation have opened-up access to an area around a stormwater compensating basin near the corner of Flinders Street and Wellington Parade.  Previously, there were high fences around the site, which were replaced with lower fences and gates, to allow the community to use the area.



The transformation of the area into an inviting space for the community was completed after a limestone pathway, waterwise plants, artwork featuring a Red Tailed Black Cockatoo and seating were installed around the basin.


The Wellington Parade project was made possible through a grant of $80,000 from Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, $72,000 from the City of Stirling and $25,000 from Water Corporation. 


In Ferndale, City of Canning and Water Corporation transformed the Lambertia Creek stormwater drain into a living stream. City of Canning organised for the local community to get their hands dirty as part of the project, with 111 volunteers helping to plant 25,000 seedlings at the site as part of National Tree Day.


The successful planting day was made possible by a $50,000 grant from the State Natural Resource Management Program. City of Canning provided $45,000 of funding and in-kind support, with Water Corporation contributing $25,000. 


Both projects in Yokine and Ferndale form part of the Drainage for Liveability Program, run in partnership with Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, to enhance the value of stormwater drains and basins to communities across WA. More at:


Water Corporation General Manager Assets Planning, Ashley Vincent said the projects created more sustainable, productive and liveable local communities

“It’s great to work together to transform these areas into spaces which the community can access and enjoy,” Mr Vincent said.


“Living streams play an important role in cleaning up stormwater as it moves through the city landscape, providing new ways of improving our public open spaces.”


City of Stirling Mayor, Mark Irwin, said the project in Yokine was a great success.


“The Wellington Parade Liveability Project is a fantastic initiative for the City of Stirling. It’s been great to see people walking their dogs and families in the area utilising this space,” Mr Irwin said.


“Fences have been installed at the edge of the basin which is steep, ensuring public safety is maintained.


“We thank Water Corporation in assisting the City of Stirling with delivering this living stream project.”


City of Canning Mayor, Paul Ng, said the project in Ferndale aligned with request from the community for more natural areas.


“The Lambertia Creek Living Stream Project is an exciting initiative for the City of Canning and shows our commitment to improve our environment and the water quality within our drainage system,” Mr Ng said.


“We all have a role to play by ensuring rubbish is placed in bins, particularly in public parks, to keep our drains and waterways free of litter.


“The community of Canning has been asking for natural areas where they can enjoy watching wildlife and this is the perfect opportunity for this.


“We also thank the South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare, who provided support for this project.”

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