Community groups receive $455,000 to implement environmental projects for the Swan-Canning Rivers.

30th July, 2018

Perth NRM is pleased to announce the successful grant recipients for the Swan Canning River Recovery Stage Two.

These grants are funded as part of the Australian Government’s – Improving Your Local Parks and Environment Program. The four projects will receive a total of $455,000 over the next three years.

The successful applicants and their projects are:

Bardon Park Friends Group
Bardon Park River Restoration

This project will help the Bardon Park Friends Group to continue their concerted effort to remove large infestations of weeds in the area, including large stands of Lantana (Lantana camara), Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius) and Blackberry (rubus fruticosus). The project will include restoration works to revegetate the site with endemic species. The species selected will recreate a natural system with a functional over storey and sedges to filter nutrients and trap sediment.

Conservation Volunteers Australia
Foreshore restoration within Foreshore Reserves in the City of South Perth

This project will involve volunteer teams undertaking various conservation tasks on a monthly basis to enhance the natural areas within the Swan and Canning River Parks. The project is within the foreshore areas of the City of South Perth that are adjacent to the Swan and Canning River. These sites are important ecological links for the movement of fauna from inland reserves to the river system. CVA will engage the Aboriginal community through its Aboriginal Conservation Training Program and Clontarf Academy students through its school education program.

South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare
Restoration of Bull Creek Catchment Stage 2: Enabling Communities for Healthier Rivers.

This project will partner with the City of Melville, The Friends of Bull Creek Catchment, The Rossmoyne Senior High School Bushrangers Unit and Conservation Volunteers Australia to deliver a community restoration project. This project will include community planting days, revegetation works, and the control of Blackberry, Lantana, Pepper and Sydney Golden Wattle (Acacia longifolia).

South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare
Bodkin Park: A Living Stream for Healthier Communities

This project will, in partnership with the City of South Perth, Water Corporation, SERCUL and the Local Community, convert 300m² of a currently boarded stormwater drain at Bodkin Park into a living stream improving both community amenities and water quality outcomes before entering the Canning River.  This grant will fund community awareness raising, revegetation works, community planting days, and weed control within the site.

Perth NRM manages the $1 million investment which aims to give support for practical community environmental action and educate the community on how to lessen their impact on the river system.

“Working in partnership with the local community and associated stakeholders to deliver positive environmental outcomes within our river system is a key objective of this program,” explains Perth NRM CEO Paul Bodlovich. “It is pleasing to see the connections being made through this process, continuing the successes of the previous stage.”

Federal Member for Swan Steve Irons MP said that Stage 2 was well underway.

“The Swan Canning River Recovery Program is an initiative of the Coalition Government to improve the water quality and habitats of the Swan Canning River Systems and eliminate the noxious aquatic weed hydrocotyle from our waterways.

“These community action grants are an important part of the program, harnessing the efforts of volunteer groups so that more can be done to rehabilitate parts of the river system.

“These grants will mean that stage 2 community action projects can get underway on the ground from 2 July, complementing the work of the completed stage 1 projects.

“The Turnbull Government has committed to the success of this program over the past 5 years and will continue to support the rehabilitation of the Swan Canning River.”

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