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.



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

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

  • The Ramsar Convention is an international treaty on the conservation of important wetlands.

    Australia was among the first five member countries of the Ramsar Convention, and the first to nominate a wetland for listing. 

    Australian Ramsar wetland sites

    Australia has 65 Ramsar sites, covering more than 8.3 million hectares.

    Being a signatory to the Ramsar Convention, Australia has undertaken to ensure our internationally important wetlands are conserved.

    The federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, protects Australia's Ramsar wetlands by applying consistent management principles and arrangements between the Australian Government and the states.

    Any activity that may have a significant impact on a Ramsar wetland goes through a rigorous environmental assessment and approvals process.

    • Mullet Lake
      Mullet Lake - Photo © J Higbid/Parks and Wildlife
    • Peel-Yalgorup
      Peel-Yalgorup - Photo © K Wilson

    Ramsar wetland sites in Western Australia

    There are 12 Ramsar wetland sites in Western Australia.

    Parks and Wildlife has the lead role in recommending suitable wetlands to the state government for nomination on the List of Wetlands of International Importance via the Australian Government and the Ramsar Bureau.

    This process involves consulting with key stakeholders and preparing nomination documents containing details of the values and other features of each wetland.

    The 12 Ramsar wetlands in Western Australia
    Site (and further information)Ramsar information sheetMap              DescriptionManagement plan
    Becher Point Wetlands pdfBecher Point398.54 KB pdf 102 KB In preparation pdfRockingham Lakes Regional Park2.38 MB
    Eighty Mile Beach pdfEighty Mile Beach193.1 KB pdf188.77 KB pdfEighty Mile Beach3.79 MB

    pdfEighty Mile Beach Marine Park5.98 MB

    pdfSouthwest Kimberley4.1 MB

    Forrestdale and Thomsons Lakes pdfThomsons Forrestdale308.72 KB pdf 30 KB pdfForrestdale and Thomsons Lake6.04 MB

    pdfForrestdale Lake Nature Reserve631.45 KB

    pdfThomsons Lake851.77 KB

    Lake Gore pdfLake Gore393.02 KB pdf58 KB pdfLake Gore3.48 MB pdfEsperance and Recherche Parks20.84 MB
    Lake Warden System pdfLake Warden246.97 KB pdf267 KB pdfLake Warden System4.29 MB pdfEsperance and Recherche Parks20.84 MB
    Lakes Argyle and Kununurra pdfArgyle Kununurra151.67 KB pdf669 KB pdfLakes Argyle and Kununurra 4.23 MB  
    Muir-Byenup System pdfMuir Byenup254.88 KB pdf298 KB pdfMuir-Byenup System2.2 MB pdfPerup4.35 MB
    Ord River Floodplain pdfOrd River Floodplain604.14 KB pdf669 KB pdfOrd River Floodplain 6.16 MB pdfOrd River and Parry Lagoons Nature Reserves5.27 MB
    Peel-Yalgorup System pdfPeel-Yalgorup 300.05 KB pdf1.3 MB pdfPeel-Yalgorup System5.74 MB
    pdfSwan Coastal Plain South3.73 MB
    pdfLake McLarty2.63 MB
    pdfPeel-Yalgorup18.61 MB
    Roebuck Bay pdfRoebuck Bay261.82 KB pdf238 KB pdfRoebuck Bay 4.63 MB

    pdfYawuru Nagulagun/Roebuck Bay Marine Park4.33 MB

    pdfYawuru Birragun Conservation Park3.2 MB

    Toolibin Lake pdfToolibin Lake372.19 KB pdf835 KB pdfToolibin Lake1.39 MB pdfToolibin Lake278.46 KB
    Vasse-Wonnerup System pdfVasse-Wonnerup 521.77 KB pdf1.0 MB pdfVasse-Wonnerup System7.76 MB

    pdfTuart Forest National Park1.62 MB

    pdfSwan Coastal Plain South3.73 MB

    World Wetlands Day

    On 2 February each year, World Wetlands Day, the Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre holds the Annual Western Australian Management Conference to exchange information and ideas between wetland practitioners, with a focus on the latest developments on managing and restoring wetlands.

    Wetlands of national importance

    Lake Ballard, DIWA Site - Photo © S Kern

    As a key part of their commitment to recognising Australia's most important wetlands, all state, territory and commonwealth governments have jointly compiled a Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia.

    The Directory identifies more than 800 nationally important wetlands, and provides a substantial knowledge base of what defines wetlands, their variety, and the many plants and animals that depend on them.

    It includes information about their social and cultural values, and some of the benefits they provide to people. It is a valuable tool for managers and others interested in Australia's important wetlands.

    Visit the Australian Wetlands Database for up-to-date information on nationally important wetlands.

    Wetlands are identified as nationally important if they:

    • provide a good example of a wetland type occurring within a biogeographical region in Australia
    • play an important ecological or hydrological role in the major functioning of a major wetland system/complex
    • provide important habitat for animals at a vulnerable stage in their life cycles, or a refuge when adverse conditions (such as drought) prevail
    • support at least one per cent of the national populations of any native plant or animal species
    • support nationally threatened plant or animal species, or ecological communities
    • are of outstanding historical or cultural significance.

    Of the 904 currently listed nationally important wetlands, 65 are recognised as internationally important under the Ramsar Convention.

    Lake Quallilup - Photo © M Coote and H Smith

    Western Australia's nationally listed wetlands

    Western Australia has 120 nationally important wetlands and wetland systems covering more than 2.5 million hectares.

    • Most of these wetlands occur within existing or proposed reserves managed by Parks and Wildlife.
    • Some occur on private property or pastoral lease, or lands for other purposes so their conservation depends on community assistance through programs such as Landcare, Land for Wildlife or Healthy Wetland Habitats.