Are YOU passionate about your patch?

The Swan and Canning rivers and their major tributaries are focal features of Perth’s landscape. They are prized for their natural values, recreational opportunities and cultural and social importance.

It is a resilient river system but despite its stunning vistas and serene foreshores, these areas are under pressure. The McGowan Government has responded to these challenges by committing $900,000 over three years in grant funding to community volunteer groups through the Community Rivercare Program.

This funding aims to conserve the natural, cultural and social amenity values of the rivers, tributaries and urban drains within the Swan Canning Catchment. This will be achieved through projects that deliver:

  • habitat improvement for birds and/or other species dependent on waterways
  • foreshore revegetation and weed control
  • bank stabilisation to repair or prevent foreshore erosion
  • water quality improvement
  • native fish habitat improvement and native fish restocking (approval from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will be required).

The nine successful grant projects which received funding in Round 2 (2019–20) of the Community Rivercare Program include:

  • Restoration of the Canning River foreshore and enhancing linkage with Horley Road healthy wetland
  • Harry Hunter rehabilitation of the Canning River
  • Friends of the flooded gum
  • Lesmurdie Brook weed control and rehabilitation of erosion gully
  • Melville Beach Road stage 1
  • Wright Brook river catchment restoration project
  • Jarrah Creek wildlife corridor habitat enhancement project
  • Salter Point community revegetation project
  • Avocados downstream - invasive water lily - eradication program trial

community rivercare program

South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare staff at Horley Road Wetland, one of the project sites approved for funding in Round 2 of the Community Rivercare Program.