Westlake River inspection - 07 May 2010.
The Friends of Kirstenhof Wetlands asked the local Councillor Dennis Joseph to give them an informal walk about inspection and update on the Westlake River area, where the new school is being built. He also managed to fit in his busy schedule - the area where the elevated boardwalk and bridge over the river to the shopping centre will be, when the legal expropriation of Reddam High School land has taken place.
The location of the school is of concern to the Friends Group as it appears to be being built in the floodplain area of the Westlake River. The issue is complex, as it involves land swops by national, provincial and local governments of the past. The local community require a school and there is no other land available for a school to be built.
Looking north towards the
Pollsmor Prison boundary wall,
The Westlake River looking west
towards the Westlake Village shopping
The Westlake River flowing
through temporary pipes. A culvert
The mechanical shovel digging the foundations for the preformed concrete culverts.
This is the Westlake River
flowing east towards the Pollsmor Dam
A Cape River Crab scuttled out of
the mud where the mechanical
This level ground next to the
brick wall is proposed to
be the school sports
The earth works taking place so that the culverts can be inserted into position over the river.
Part of the group discussing the the issues and being informed with some of the details.
The group is very concerned about
the overall balance of the habitat for
An illegal bridge construction across the river to an informally fenced off paddock for goats.
The shelter for the goats are
some boards against the wall of Pollsmor Prison.
The overgrown and choked water
course with many exotic plants. Indicating
showing us the "informal route" through the palasade fence.
Rubbish is being dumped in this
open space along side the river. This Cattle Egret
This is the land under legal
process which needs to be transferred from Reddam School
The fence has been stolen for scrap metal resale.
The informal bridge (boards,
grates and concrete blocks) for crossing the river.
The pathway on the northern side
of the river along side the shopping complex.
We thank the Councillor for making time available for the information update.