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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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    The red necked stint migrates from Siberia
    - Photo © B & B Wells/Parks and Wildlife

    Migratory waterbirds include species such as plovers, sandpipers, stints, curlews and snipes.

    These incredible birds make round trip migrations of up to 26,000 kilometres each year between their summer breeding grounds in the northern hemisphere and their feeding areas in the south.These trips are made in several weeks, with brief stops at staging sites along the way to rest and refuel for the next leg of their journey.

    The corridor through which these waterbirds migrate is known as the East Asian - Australasian Flyway.

    • It extends from within the Arctic Circle, through east and south-east Asia, to Australia and New Zealand.
    • Stretching across 22 countries, it is one of eight major waterbird flyways recognised around the globe.

    At least two million migratory waterbirds visit Australia each year during our summer.

    • At least 36 species of migratory waterbirds visit Australian wetlands each year.
      • A further 16 species occasionally visit Australia.
      • Another 15 species—at least 1.1 million birds—permanently live in Australia.
    • In about September each year, hundreds of thousands of migratory waterbirds begin to arrive and inhabit wetlands of Western Australia's north- and south-west, feeding mostly on the invertebrates that live in shallow water in drying wetlands, tidal flats and salt marshes.
    • Common species include the red-necked stint, curlew sandpiper, sharp-tailed sandpiper, bar-tailed godwit and greenshank.

    Conserving migratory waterbirds

    parry lagoon kimb 1 Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve, Kimberley - Photo © M Coote/H Smith.

    Migratory waterbirds and their habitats are internationally protected because:

    • land use activities such as agriculture, mining and urban development can impact on wetlands visited by migratory waterbirds.
    • along their migratory route, the birds stop at many different wetlands. Because disturbance at one site affects the entire network of wetlands used by these birds, it is important to protect wetlands all along the flyway.

    Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy

    Australia, with other countries, has developed regional strategies to help protect the habitats of migratory waterbirds, the most recent of which is the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership.

    Its goal is to recognise and manage a network of important wetland sites to ensure the long-term conservation of migratory shorebirds along the flyway.

    Nineteen of these important sites are in Australia, four in Western Australia within Ramsar Sites and managed by the department:

      Explore Parks provides visitor information on parks in Western Australia.

    International agreements on migratory waterbird conservation

    Australia is a signatory to three international agreements that protect and recognise the importance of conserving migratory birds and their habitats:

    Species of migratory birds that occur in Australia, Japan, China and the Republic of Korea are listed under the three agreements.