Community shares in $305,000 from the Swan Alcoa Landcare Program
Forty-five local projects proposed by nineteen (19) groups have been successful in their
applications to the Swan Alcoa Landcare Program (SALP) this year, which has delivered $9.2M
to communities in the Perth region since 1998.
The Swan Alcoa Landcare Program (SALP) is a joint initiative of Alcoa Australia and the
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), through funding from the
Burswood Park Board, delivered by Perth NRM.
SALP was established to provide a simpler process for groups to access funding for on-ground
environmental works, with annual funding rounds that meet community needs.
The program has resulted in more than 1400 restoration projects, ranging from weeding and
planting to feral animal control and the creation of wildlife habitat.
The 2021 SALP funding will support a range of activities with focus on restoration and
rehabilitation programs, alongside plantings to increase the biodiversity and habitat value of
existing community assets.
A full list of the successful applicants can be found here on the Perth NRM website.
Alcoa Australia President Michael Gollschewski praised the community groups and volunteers
who were instrumental to the success of the long-running program.
“Sustainability is embedded in the way we operate at Alcoa, which is why we’re proud to
partner with organisations like Perth NRM and the DBCA to help build community capacity and
protect our environment for generations to come,” Mr Gollschewski said.
Perth NRM Chief Executive Officer Keith Pekin said the program delivered far greater value
than the funds disbursed.
“Our 2019/20 Annual Report showed SALP funds are matched again by local governments,
land managers and businesses, then matched again once the value of volunteer hours and
coordination is factored in. Allowing community to direct the priority actions for their patch
across our region is one of SALP’s greatest strengths.”
Since the program’s inception, community groups have dedicated nearly 224,000 hours of
labour removing weeds and have planted over 2.8 million native species.
The program remains a regionally significant contributor to the preservation and creation of
ecologically functional habitat for our native fauna.
Swan Alcoa Landcare Program
The Swan Alcoa Landcare Program (SALP) is a Community Landcare Grants Program Funded by Alcoa of Australia and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).
SALP aims to protect, restore and manage natural assets with consideration to a broad ecological context, by funding the community to enhance and restore critical habitat and ecological linkages within the Swan Region.
The key objectives of the program are:
- To retain or restore habitats of bushland, rivers, wetlands and coastal foreshore
- To protect and enhance the quality of ground water and surface water in our river systems and wetlands
- To improve ecological linkages across the Swan region