Freshwater Bay is one of the most spectacular areas of the Swan River, with its open water, beaches, steep vegetated slopes and cliffs. The area has significant conservation, landscape and particular heritage values, but is also subject to heavy pressure for residential, institutional and recreational use.
Public access around the foreshore is limited by the location of various developments, private properties and steep terrain. The natural values are being degraded by the loss of natural vegetation, weed invasion, littering and erosion.
Many State and Local Government authorities play a role in the management of the foreshores of Freshwater Bay, primarily the Town of Claremont and the Swan River Trust. A ‘Freshwater Bay Management Plan’ was drafted by the Swan River Trust and represents a cooperative effort between these two organisations to protect the natural environment of the Freshwater Bay area, provide for appropriate levels of public access to foreshore areas and conserve, enhance and promote the heritage values of the area.
A copy of the Plan is available for perusal at the Town of Claremont Library, in the Corporate Library Section.
- Small water craft access ramp (off Chester Road) – site of old Claremont baths
- Lookout at east end of Osborne Parade
- BBQ facilities and toilets are available in Mrs Herberts Park and a toilet facility is available at Jetty Road
Foreshore Management Plan
Council has established a committee consisting of the Mayor, the three South Ward Councillors and three community representatives to prepare a Foreshore Management Plan.
Swan River Foreshore Management Plan
Council has prepared a management plan for the Swan River Foreshore within Claremont. This Management Plan is complementary to the Freshwater Bay Management Plan prepared by the Swan River Trust. Council’s Management Plan addresses issues that are either not included in the Swan River Trust’s Plan or are unique to Claremont.
This management plan, together with the Freshwater Bay Management Plan prepared by the Swan River Trust in 1997, outlines the strategies for protecting, managing and enhancing the recreational reservation. The success of any management plan depends upon the support and enthusiasm of nearby residents. The support is best achieved by ensuring that there is public participation in the committee responsible for the preparation of the final plan. Council has appointed four residents to the committee to oversee the finalisation of this management plan.
It is important that any management plan be flexible to meet changing conditions that will follow the implementation of the plan. Accordingly, it is recommended that this management plan be reviewed after a period of five years.