THE City of Melville’s Point Walter Restoration Project is closer to starting after councillors accepted the tender for restoration works last week.
At a special council meeting councillors voted to award the $1,293,887 tender to Natural Area Management & Services as recommended by city officers.
The City calculated the tender figure over the life of the three-year project, which came in $59,551 higher than the pre-tender estimates.
An allocation of $556,820 was made in the 2011-12 budget for the project, with $144,775 spent or committed so far.
The City has also received $229,295 in funding from the Swan River Trust to go towards the project.
Councillors voted to allow an extra 5 per cent in spending towards the project if it is needed.
The project is an attempt by the City to provide a longer-term solution to erosion and rehabilitation of the Point Walter site.
Previous attempts to rehabilitate the area, such as two sand renourishment projects in 2007 and 2009, were listed in the council meeting notes.
However, the report notes, these were short-term solutions and the majority of the works were washed away by erosion within six months.
The project was created in response to this to provide a longer-term solution.
Works in the project include removing encroaching weeds, planting native shrubs and vegetation, regrading shore banks and constructing barriers to reduce erosion.
The project covers an 800m stretch of shoreline along the Swan River which has been split into four zones.
At the special council meeting Cr Effie Nicholson asked officers if the local “friends” groups would have a say in choosing the vegetation to be planted.
A City officer said the choice would be made by the City and the contractors.
Construction on the project is expected to start in March.