Notification: Parks and Wildlife Service is part of the new Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).

Swan Canning Riverpark to benefit from funded volunteer projects

  • ​$900,000 grants scheme for restoration projects along the Swan and Canning rivers
  • Community volunteer groups to help improve water quality and conservation of wildlife

The health and amenity of the Swan and Canning rivers will be improved with a new grants scheme that recognises the important work undertaken by volunteer community groups along river foreshores.

The McGowan Labor Government is investing $900,000 over three years in the Community Rivercare Program, which will engage community support and involvement for various projects to protect and enhance recreation areas around the rivers.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is seeking expressions of interest to deliver projects including foreshore restoration and riverbank erosion, reduction of nutrient inflows, native waterbird conservation, native fish habitat protection and restocking of native recreational fish species.

 

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State Budget delivers environmental commitments

The State Government has announced key environmental commitments in the 2017-18 Budget including the establishment of a $20 million Aboriginal Ranger program focused on training, jobs and community development initiatives that deliver environmental outcomes.

Aboriginal rangers will be trained and employed to undertake land and sea management, including tourism operations and protection of cultural and biodiversity values across a range of tenures in remote and regional Western Australia.

To be delivered over five years, funding of $4 million is available in 2017-18. More information is available at www.dbca.wa.gov.au/aboriginalrangerprogram

Other environmental initiatives include:

  • Aboriginal interpretive centre for the Pilbara
  • Tourism investment in the South West
  • Job-creating investments to attract more visitors to water-based tourism precincts
  • $900,000 for community groups to carry out restoration works along the Swan and Canning Rivers
  • $8 million in 2017-18 to develop infrastructure, including a Living Knowledge Centre at Murujuga National Park on the Burrup Peninsula. A further $1 million per year will be spent on the ongoing joint management of the area with the traditional owners
  • $1 million towards the establishment of a park and reserve network encompassing the fringing coral reefs of the Buccaneer Archipelago, to protect the region’s outstanding natural and cultural values
  • $3 million for the develop the Lake Kepwari reservoir, near Collie, as a tourism precinct with a focus on water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing and jet skiing. The Project will include construction of boating infrastructure, public facilities and road access to encourage future private tourism investment.
  • A further $200,000 is being invested in a Wellington Dam walk trail loop, which will link up with the Bibbulmun Track.

For more 2017-18 State Budget information, visit www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au.

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