Smoking ceremony and tree planting marks start of construction

Article image - Smoking ceremony and tree planting marks start of construction Representatives from City of Swan attended a ceremony to mark the start of the New Junction project.

The City of Swan, Western Australia, has commenced construction at Midland Park by planting trees around the future public open space.

Midland Park is one of the key public open spaces being delivered as part of the transformational New Junction project.

Nearly 50 large native White Gums have been delivered to the site, with 100 more trees to be planted at the park throughout the year.

The new trees will provide habitats for birds and local fauna, while delivering shade and shelter for the local community.

The grove is part of the first stage of works for Midland Park, which will also include a grassed oval, perimeter path, terraced seating, a civic zone and youth space.

City of Swan Mayor, David Lucas, and Midland/Guildford Ward Councillors Johnson and Scanlan attended the site for an official smoking ceremony to mark the start of works.

Jeremy Garlett, Traditional Owner, welcomed attendees by burning White Gum leaves and Sandalwood to ward off bad spirits and cleanse the site.

Mayor Lucas said he was honoured to have witnessed the smoking ceremony at Midland Park.

“The new park will deliver a vibrant space that honours the past and reflects our community now and into the future.

“As the project unfolds, we will be more connected than ever before – with new public spaces that will bring local people together whilst inviting the wider community to join in the activities and fun.”

New Junction is the creation of an 11 hectare precinct that will deliver a diverse new range of housing, business and retail opportunities together with outstanding new public and community spaces for all to enjoy.

Upon completion of the redevelopment, New Junction will boast a total of over 2.3 hectares of public open spaces.