Millers Pool, located immediately to east of the Narrows Bridge, is a unique location possessing both a colourful cultural history and great environmental value.
Historical records indicate the pool was a large permanent embayment on the Swan River covering an area of approximately two hectares, providing protected water for local fauna. The area and its surrounds were part of an important camping and fishing area for the Noongar Bibbulmun people. It was also one of the original encampment sites for European settlers, and served as a pseudo port for the flour mill in the 1830s.
The City of South Perth’s Aboriginal Reference Group worked collaboratively with an indigenous advisor for comment and approval of public art. The artworks reflect the indigenous cultural, contextual and geographical history of the site. The European history of the site is also referenced though the creation of a stronger visual connection between the historic mill building and the pool. A rock spalled channel leads from the mill to a jetty viewing platform, recalling the canal that once connected the two when Millers Pool served as a loading dock for wheat and flour in the early days of the Perth colony.
A key component of the project is enhancing the habitat value of Millers Pool through the recreation of the Samphire flats on the periphery of the waterbody. This fringing vegetation provides a source of food and habitat for a number of waterbird species that have returned to the area since construction has been completed.
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Ecoscape offices are located in Walyalup on the northern banks of the Derbal Yerrigan, on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation. We work on many lands throughout Australia and acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community and pay our respects to their cultures, ancestors and Elders.