Swan Canning River Recovery

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.

Swan Canning River Recovery Stage 3

This project continues our work to help improve the health of the Swan-Canning River system. Stage 3 enables Perth NRM to support targeted direct community action by environmental groups with a primary focus to improve the system integrity of the Subtropical and Temperate Coastal Saltmarsh areas of the Swan and Middle Canning areas.

Stage 3 involves a targeted approach to aquatic weed management, including continuing efforts to eradicate hydrocotyle and prevent the establishment of new aquatic weed species including Amazon Frogbit.

Community engagement and education are features of Stage 3. These include an education program to improve community awareness and encourage the behavioural changes needed to reduce nutrient loads originating from gardens and the urban environment entering the estuary. Community workshops and other activities are also being implemented to support localised action within the Swan Canning River system.

Stage 3 supports actions including the conversion of drains to living streams and other biofiltration measures to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff into the estuaries. Activities in protecting, enhancing, and revegetating native vegetation focuses on priority fringing vegetation, wetlands, and other vegetation areas to improve local biodiversity.

Direct Community Action Grants are now open. 

Direct Community Action Grants opened Monday, 3 August, 2020.

Applications close Monday, 14 September, 2020.

Groups operating within the Middle Canning Estuary (or its tributaries) can 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

The Direct Community Action Grants – Small Open Stream provides grants of up to $5,000 and is designed to enable community groups to apply for small one-off project tasks to complete short term inexpensive environmental outcomes or to quickly address environmental concerns as they arise in a time sensitive fashion.

Applications for the Small Open Stream can be made at any time while funds are still available.


Useful Links

Direct Community Action Grants 2020 Program Guidelines

Direct Community Action Grants 2020 – Apply Now

Direct Community Action Grants (Small Open Stream)

Direct Community Action Grants 2020 – Budget Template

This project is supported by Perth NRM, through funding from the Australian Government’s Environment Restoration Fund.


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

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