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 and the McGowan Labor Government has responded to these challenges by committing $900,000 over three years in grant funding to community volunteer groups.

The proposed funding to community volunteer groups 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).

There were 17 successful community groups in Round 1 (2018-19) of the Community Rivercare Program. Projects ranged from foreshore restoration to providing fish habitat and will be delivered over the next one to three years.

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Photo: Volunteers planting along the foreshore of the Swan River.

Round 2: 2019-20

Opening Monday 6 August 2018
Closing Monday 17 September 2018