Cockburn Wetlands Precinct, Bibra Lake

Project Status

In progress

Project Type



Start: Mid 2018 Finish: Early 2021



During construction the 3 stakeholders groups Native ARC Inc, The Wetlands Centre, Cockburn and the Bibra Lake Scouts will remain operational onsite. Native ARCopens opens in a new window will be open from 8.30 – 7pm 7 days a week.

Native ARC Car Park Changes, Hope Road, Bibra Lake
From Tuesday 2 June the Native ARC car park will be closed for the construction of the new Wetlands Precinct car park. Access to Native ARC will be via The Wetlands Centre driveway situated next door. Please follow the Native ARC access signage, drive through The Wetlands Centre car park and park in the temporary car park at the rear of the construction site. Proceed to the Native ARC rear access gate on foot by following the orange footprint signs. To talk with a Native ARC volunteer follow the instructions on the gate.
Car park works expected completion is early September. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The redevelopment of the Wetlands Precinct on Hope Road in Bibra Lake is a priority project for the City. The intent is to upgrade a key community and environmental asset. The project involves:

  • Construction of a new Native ARC facility and renovation of the existing Native ARC building.
  • Renovation and extensions to 'The Wetlands Centre, Cockburn' building  which will include  an education room, relocated meeting room, educational artificial wetland and a nursery.
  • Provision of new Bibra Lake Scout shed with dedicated Rovers den.
  • Additional parking and improved traffic and public access to and across the site.
  • Creation of interconnected landscaped walkways and outdoor classrooms to support multiple uses and events.
  • Inclusion of Ecological Sustainable Design (ESD) features across the project.
The total project cost is expected to be $6M through a combination of municipal funding and Developer Contributions.

Project updates from June are available for download: Through engagement with the onsite stakeholders, Native ARC, The Wetlands Centre and the Bibra Lake Scouts the project is moving into the construction phase with works expected to commence in January 2020.

The Wetlands Precinct has been designed to allow the three key onsite stakeholders to expand their operations as well as cater for the wider community. The planned development has been contained within the existing site footprint to minimize impact on the surrounding bushland and wetland areas within the Bibra Lake Reserve and mitigate risk from fire. During the planning phase a number of trees/shrubs were identified by an arborist to be unsafe and pose a risk to the future the development. A Bushfire Consultant also identified a small number of trees that needed to be pruned or removed to meet bushfire management legislation. To meet these requirements a number of trees/shrubs have been identified for relocation and /or removal.

The staging will ensure a safe environment for the wildlife on site that are undergoing rehabilitation before being relocated and community run programs.

The new precinct is scheduled for completion in early 2021.

Monthly project updates will be provided during 2020 until project completion.
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9 Coleville Crescent,
Spearwood 6163

PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC,
Western Australia, 6965

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