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Riverbank Program

The Riverbank Program protects and enhances the Swan and Canning river foreshores. Its objectives include:

  • protecting and enhancing riverbanks and shorelines to reduce threats to environmental, recreational, aesthetic and cultural values
  • protecting, enhancing and managing fringing indigenous vegetation and habitat
  • improving enjoyment of the foreshore by addressing risk to public amenity, safety, infrastructure and the environment

Riverbank initiatives

Riverbank Funding

Riverbank Funding initiates and funds foreshore protection and rehabilitation works on public land through partnerships with State and local government. Since the Riverbank Funding program's inception in 2002, the State Government has contributed more than $22.5 million across Riverbank projects. This has been matched by riverside foreshore land managers across 294 projects sites, and in total represents a $50 million investment in the health and amenity of the Riverpark.

Riverbank Funding recipients for 2019-20 were announced by the Minister for Environment on 8 August 2019. Please see the Minister's media statement for more information, or find out more about the application process.


Proactive funding allows priority shoreline areas to be targeted with large projects that may span many years. Unlike the Grants scheme, sites for proactive funding are selected through a set of assessment criteria to priority sites. Once selected, State and local government agencies are proactively approached to develop partnerships and project plans. Partnership arrangements and project schedules between Parks and Wildlife and the land manager are defined in legal collaborative arrangements.

Items funded through the Proactive scheme must be consistent with the objectives of the Riverbank Program and contribute to improving the condition of shorelines and reducing the impact of threatening processes on biodiversity, infrastructure, cultural and/or social amenity values.

Best management practices for foreshore stabilisation

The best management practices for foreshore stabilisation aim to improve shore stabilisation management in the Swan Canning Riverpark. 

Riverbank Extension Plan

The Riverbank Extension Plan provides information, support and training to State and local governments directly responsible for the planning and implementation of foreshore restoration and erosion control projects in the Swan Canning Riverpark.

Foreshore Assessment and Management Strategy

The Swan and Canning Rivers Foreshore Assessment and Management Strategy has helped simplify restoration works by prioritising tributary foreshore areas for restoration.

The strategy includes the Swan Canning Tributary Foreshore Assessment which describes foreshores, their pressures and condition, and a management strategy summarising foreshore issues, defining management responses and identifying priorities for action. The Swan Canning Tributary Foreshore Assessment is available on DVD by contacting the Department of Parks and Wildlife on 9219 9000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..