Swan Canning River Recovery

This project is currently targeting the Middle Canning region of our major river systems, with support from the Australian Government's Environmental Restoration Fund.

Swan Canning River Recovery Stage 3

Building on the successful delivery of previous rounds, Stage 3 enables Perth NRM to support direct community action improving the system integrity of the Subtropical and Temperate Coastal Saltmarshes of the Middle Canning.

This program involves a targeted approach to aquatic weed management, prioritising eradication of hydrocotyle and prevention of new aquatic weeds including Amazon Frogbit from establishing.

Community engagement and education, as with previous stages, is the primary focus of Stage 3 with funding dedicated to:

  • education programs to improve community environmental awareness and encourage behavioural changes,
  • Community workshops and events supporting localised action within the Canning River,
  • Converting drains to living streams and biofiltration measures to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff into the estuaries,
  • Protecting, enhancing, and revegetating natural areas and wetlands, to improve local biodiversity.

Small ‘Open Stream’ Grants are now closed.
[updated November 2020]

The Direct Community Action Grants – Small Open Stream provided grants of up to $5,000 and enabled community groups to apply for small, one-off project tasks.

Applications for the Direct Community Action Grants have closed. 

Groups operating within the Middle Canning Estuary (or its tributaries) were able to apply for grants of up to $60,000 (capped at $20,000 per year) for environmental activities and outcomes. The Swan Canning River Recovery Steering Committee has identified the following activities as high priorities to be favoured in the selection process.

    • Restoring and revegetating habitat (planting native seedlings)
    • Seed collection
    • Invasive species control and priority weed management
    • Controlling and managing site access (i.e.) fencing
    • Pest animal control
    • Erosion management
    • Dieback and/or disease control and management
    • Installation of habitat features (i.e.) bat and bird boxes
    • Community capacity building events and workshops
    • Environmental education and promotion events
    • Debris management
Useful Links

Direct Community Action Grants 2020 Program Guidelines

This project is supported by Perth NRM, through funding from the Australian Government.


We acknowledge and appreciate the support of all our partners, supporters, funding bodies and sponsors.

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