By Sally McGlew
A PROPOSED two-year trial to allow jet skis in the upper reaches of the Swan River will not go ahead.
The Department of Transport (DoT) sought community feedback from more than 2000 people through an online survey with 1561 locals rejecting the proposal for the trial which would allow fast jet skis, also known as personal watercraft (PWC), on the water.
City of Swan Cr Claire Scanlan said she was relieved to hear the proposal was rejected.
“The banks of the Swan River are at risk of degradation, and the significant wake from jet skis would no doubt damage the banks further, leading to vegetation loss,” Cr Scanlan said.
Cr Scanlan said it was also good for local wildlife and habitat preservation.
“Wildlife use sound to navigate, find food, attract mates, and avoid predators,” she said.
“The noise from the watercraft would disturb their ability to remain in their habitat, so I’m pleased the proposal has been rejected.”
DoT Waterways Management director Chris Mather said the Aquatic Use Review attracted a high level of comment from a diverse range of river park users.
The two-year trial of PWC would have operated upstream of the Windan Bridge.
Avid paddler and Baskerville resident Jane Liddle said the decision was a great outcome for the safety of paddlers, rowers and swimmers.
“There was overwhelming number opposing changes to river use of jet skis and speed boats,” she said.
“I’m glad the community was listened to.”
Key stakeholders, included the Cities of Swan, Bayswater and Belmont and the Town of Bassendean and Victoria Park and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.