Baigup Wetlands Interest Group Penny Lee

Baigup Wetlands Interest Group busy controlling weeds during their Round 1 Community Rivercare project. Photo – Penny Lee

Are YOU passionate about your patch?

The Swan and Canning rivers and their major tributaries are 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 26 successful community groups in Round 1 (2018-19) and Round 2 (2019-20) of the Community Rivercare Program. Projects ranged from foreshore restoration to providing bird habitat and will be delivered over the next one to two years.

Round 3 2020-21
Opening Monday 12 August 2019
Closing Monday 23 September 2019