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Swan Alcoa Landcare Program wins Landcare Award

Perth NRM Deputy Chair Dr Bruce Hegge, Alcoa Director of human resources Brian Doy, DBCA River Systems Manager Mark Cugley, State NRM conference MC Verity James and Malcolm James McCusker AC CVO QC at the awards.
Perth NRM Deputy Chair Dr Bruce Hegge, Alcoa Director of human resources Brian Doy, DBCA River Systems Manager Mark Cugley, State NRM conference MC Verity James and Malcolm James McCusker AC CVO QC at the awards. Credit - DBCA

The success of community partnerships in delivering environmental outcomes for the Swan and Canning rivers has been recognised with the Swan Alcoa Landcare Program (SALP) winning the Australian Government Partnership category at the WA Landcare awards last night.

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) Director General Mark Webb said SALP was an excellent example of how industry, government and community were working together to improve local environments along Perth’s iconic river system.

“For 19 years SALP has been providing urban community groups with a simple process to access funding for a wide range of landcare activities throughout the Swan and Canning catchments,” he said.

“Projects it has supported range from invasive weed control, feral bee removal and dieback management to improving water quality in waterways and restoring areas of natural bush land.

“Since the program began in 1998, Alcoa and DBCA have provided more than $7 million in funding to 1298 on-ground projects with volunteers contributing nearly 176,000 hours. This has resulted in the revegetation of more than 1900 hectares of land with around 2.4 million seedlings planted.”

Alcoa of Australia Chairman and Managing Director Michael Parker said Alcoa was proud to have worked alongside the government, Perth NRM and community groups for two decades to protect local biodiversity and deliver long-term community benefits.

“The success of the Swan Alcoa Landcare Program is testament to the passion, vision and endless hours of hard work from local community groups and volunteers,” he said.

“Next time you enjoy a stroll around your local lake, river or bushland or stop to admire the native plants and wildlife — know it’s more than likely SALP volunteers have played a hand in some way over the past 19 years.”

Perth NRM have administered the program since its inception and have played a key role in working with community groups to develop and implement projects.

Mr Webb said the program overall had injected $17.5 million (including leveraged funds) into the economy with volunteers investing $3.4 million of their time to protect river systems, bushlands and wetlands.

“While DBCA, Alcoa and Perth NRM are recognised through this award, full credit for the program’s success must go to community volunteers for their tireless commitment to improving our local environment and river system.”

Last modified on Friday, 01 September 2017 12:09