About Swan Canning River Recovery Stage Two

The Australian Government is providing support under the Improving Your Local Parks and Environment program to improve the water quality and habitats of the Swan Canning River systems.

The Swan Canning River Recovery Stage Two aims to eradicate the hydrocotyle weed, provide support for practical community environmental action and help people understand how their actions affect the river. Perth NRM manages the $1 million investment working in partnership with the local community to deliver environmental projects within the Swan Canning river area.

The Swan Canning River Recovery Stage Two will achieve the following outcomes:

  • Weed control and management in the Middle Canning estuary with a focus on controlling the weed, hydrocotyle.
  • Greater community action in the recovery of the Swan-Canning River system within the Middle Swan estuary and Middle Canning estuary.
  • Improved community awareness of the behavioural changes needed to reduce nutrient loads entering the Swan-Canning River system in the Middle Swan estuary and Middle Canning estuary.
  • Extensive community consultation process initiated to discuss options for implementing a project aimed at converting a drain into a living stream to improve both community amenities and water quality outcomes before entering the Canning River and entails.

Swan Canning River Recovery Education Program

Book a presentation for your school

Perth NRM can visit your class to educate students about the Swan-Canning River Recovery Project through interactive talks and activities. Hearing from an environmental scientist, your students will learn about the river system and how we can lessen our impact on the riparian environment.

There are three topics to choose from and all are FREE. The topics can be scaffolded and are available for Years 3-6 and Years 7-12.

Life in the Catchment: We live in the Swan and Canning River catchment and our actions at school and at home can affect the river ecosystem. Students learn about some of the species living in the river and how we can lessen some of our impacts on their habitat.

Catchments and Stewardship: Our rivers provide the community with ecosystem services. These services include food, recreation, urban cooling, tourism, and many more. Students will learn about some of these services and how we can help to improve upon them.

Future of the Rivers: Our rivers are constantly changing but will always be an integral part of our community and sense of local identity. Students will learn how our rivers can change over time as they envision the type of river they want for the future.

We can tailor our visit to suite your class or curriculum requirements. The visits are around 45minutes in length.

If you would like to know more, or to book a class talk, contact 08 9374 3302 or email Jason.pitman@perthnrm.com.

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