$1 million funding for riverbanks along Swan and Canning Rivers

  • $1 million in State Government funding during 2019-20 as part of Riverbank Program
  • Funds support foreshore restoration and protection projects to improve the health of the Swan and Canning rivers.
  • The McGowan Labor Government has allocated $1 million in funding to the Riverbank Program to improve the condition of shorelines and enhance biodiversity, infrastructure protection and social amenity values in the Swan Canning Riverpark.

    Eleven projects have been awarded a total of $424,821 under the program’s grants scheme for 2019-20.

    These projects include:

    • Replacement of the deteriorating river walls between Coode Street and Ellam Street in South Perth with revetments, headlands and beaches, and the creation of habitats for the black swan;
    • Ecological restoration of the Canning and Southern Rivers, Gosnells; and
    • Rehabilitation of the north western foreshore of Point Resolution.

    The remaining funding of $575,179 is for priority projects in the Swan and Canning rivers and will contribute to The Nature Conservancy’s Restoring the Iconic Swan project that will help seed mussel reefs and create native animal habitats in the Swan River.

    The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions administers the Riverbank Program grants through an annual, competitive process with open expressions of interest.

    More than $22.5 million has been invested in foreshore restoration projects at 294 Riverbank project sites since 2002.

    Local governments match the State’s contribution of the Riverbank Program and as a result more than $50 million has been invested in foreshore restoration projects along the Swan and Canning rivers.

    As stated by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

    “The Swan and Canning rivers are incredibly important to Perth’s residents, our tourism and our economy.

    “The Riverbank Program is one of the ways the McGowan Labor Government and local governments are ensuring our rivers remain protected by supporting these great projects.

    “This important work includes ecological protection, shoreline restoration, native animal habitat creation, revegetation and weed control to help keep our rivers healthy and enjoyed by all.”

    Successful project sites to receive Riverbank Program funding in 2019-20:

    Site Title / LocationPartnerProject Intent
    Ferndale Flats City of CanningRestoration project including weed control, vegetation mapping and monitoring, seed collection and revegetation
    Canning River, ArmadaleCity of ArmadaleEcological restoration of the Canning River
    Canning and Southern Rivers, GosnellsCity of GosnellsEcological restoration of the Canning and Southern Rivers
    Point ResolutionCity of NedlandsRehabilitation of the north western foreshore of Point Resolution
    Sir James Mitchell Parks Foreshore Node N7: The LakesCity of South Perth

    Replacement of degraded river walls with revetments, headlands and beaches, and the creation of swan habitats

    Canning River Regional ParkDepartment of Biodiversity,  Conservation and Attractions – Regional Parks UnitRehabilitation, protection and enhancement of Canning River Regional Park foreshore and bushland areas
    Bateman Park ForeshoreCity of MelvilleForeshore revegetation and weed control
    Waugal LagoonCity of SwanWeed control and revegetation
    Point Roe ParkTown of Mosman ParkRestoration of Point Roe Park including revegetation, access control and the creation of a bird hide
    Hilton GroveCity of BelmontGarvey floodplain foreshore stabilisation
    Freshwater BayTown of ClaremontDevelopment of a sand management plan

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