Rivercare - Friends of Bennett Brook

Rivercare - Friends of Bennett Brook

Are YOU passionate about your patch?

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

The McGowan Government is committed to protecting and enhancing the health of the river system, supporting restoration projects undertaken by community volunteer groups through the Community Rivercare Program. For the next three years, $350,000 (ex GST) is available per year to enable on ground works by community groups. This program is administered by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).

Projects can run for up to three years and will be implemented from 1 July 2023.

Grants of between $3000 and $30,000 (ex GST) in total for the duration of the project will be provided to community volunteer groups 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.
  • Weed control to promote natural regeneration.
  • Bank stabilisation to repair or prevent foreshore erosion.
  • Water quality improvement.

Projects must be in the Swan Canning Catchment or other catchments that feed into the Swan and Canning rivers.

To date, the Community Rivercare Program has funded 64 projects resulting in the revegetation of foreshores and increased habitat for fish, native birds and other species dependent on waterways.

Opening Monday 4 July 2022
Closing midnight Sunday 28 August 2022

Please note: Online portal is the preferred method and electronic form only if necessary.


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