Riverbank funding to restore Perth’s river systems

  • Rivers and foreshores undergo revamp with $1.5 million in funding
  • 12 local governments provided project funding
  • The McGowan Government is investing $1.5 million into local projects which will enhance and restore the Swan and Canning Rivers.

    Focusing on environmental, recreational and cultural values, the new funding is part of the State Government’s commitment to improving the health of Perth’s rivers.

    More than $1.2 million of the funding will be allocated to 12 local foreshore managers, with remaining funds to be divided between local governments to focus on the river priority sites.

    The City of Perth will receive $459,000 to upgrade the East Perth foreshore through rock revetment, bio-engineering and revegetation to improve the foreshore, visitor amenity and activate the area for community use.

    The City of Melville will benefit from $100,000 for bank stabilisation and ecological restoration and improved community access and amenity at Point Heathcote in Applecross.

    More than $50,000 has been granted to the City of Belmont for foreshore stabilisation and landscaping to upgrade the Bilya Kard Boodja Lookout in Belmont.

    Since its inception in 2002, more than $24 million has been contributed to over 311 Riverbank projects around the Swan and Canning rivers.

    Local governments have added to the State Government’s contribution to Riverbank funding, resulting in a total investment of more than $55 million in approximately 19 years.

    The project includes funding from the McGowan Government’s Green Jobs Plan which will see more than $60 million invested into green jobs in WA over the next three years.

    As stated by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

    “The McGowan Government is committed to the health of Perth’s Swan and Canning river systems, and with this funding local managers will be able to complete much needed projects throughout the Swan Canning Riverpark.  

    “Funding will go to important site work including ecological protection, weed control, revegetation, erosion control and foreshore stabilisation.

    “Not only do these projects improve the river’s health and support ecological systems, but they will also enhance visitor amenity to allow the community to enjoy our beautiful waterways.”

    Project sites to receive/eligible for Riverbank Funding in 2020-2021

    Site Title / LocationPartnerProject Intent
    Canning River in the City of ArmadaleCity of ArmadaleEcological restoration including revegetation and weed control at various locations along the Canning River
    Canning and Southern Rivers in the City of GosnellsCity of GosnellsEcological restoration including revegetation and weed control at various locations along the Canning and Southern Rivers
    Point HeathcoteCity of MelvilleBank stabilisation, ecological restoration and amenity enhancement at Point Heathcote, Applecross
    Shelley Rossmoyne ForeshoreCity of CanningSuccession planting of river trees along the Shelley Rossmoyne Foreshore
    Canning River Regional ParkDBCA – Regional Parks UnitRehabilitation, protection and enhancement of Canning River Regional Park foreshore and bushland areas
    Attadale ForeshoreCity of MelvilleRiverbank stabilisation and revegetation, Point Walter
    NorthbankCity of FremantleForeshore stabilisation investigations, North Fremantle
    Bilya Kard Boodja LookoutCity of BelmontForeshore stabilisation and landscape upgrade, Belmont
    Foreshore Reserve 28307City of NedlandsGreenway Corridor Development Plan, Dalkeith
    Shelley Rossmoyne ForeshoreCity of CanningForeshore restoration and protection, Rossmoyne Foreshore
    JH Abrahams ReserveCity of PerthRiver wall repairs, Crawley
    Kings MeadowCity of SwanForeshore re-design and consultation, Guildford
    Barrack Square to Point FraserCity of PerthRiverside Drive river wall repair, Perth
    Mount Henry SpitCity of South PerthForeshore monitoring and maintenance, Salter Point
    Point ReserveTown of BassendeanForeshore Restoration Plan, Bassendean
    East Perth ForeshoreCity of PerthForeshore upgrade including rock revetment, bioengineering and revegetation, East Perth
    Bells RapidsCity of SwanPrecinct/Concept Plan, Bells Rapids
    Coode To Ellam StreetCity of South PerthRiver wall replacement, beach creation and revegetation, Sir James Mitchell Park
    Kwinana Freeway Foreshore (including) Milyu Nature ReserveCity of South Perth, DBCA – Swan Coastal DistrictRevegetation and weed control, Como
    Ascot RacecourseCity of BelmontShoreline protection using rock revetment and gabion baskets, Ascot

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