53 community projects funded to protect Swan River

Planting at Milyu
Planting at Milyu Mark Thornley/DBCA

A total of 25 community groups have been awarded more than $338,000 in grants this year to deliver 53 projects that will help conserve the Swan and Canning rivers and surrounding catchments.

Now in its 20th year, the Swan Alcoa Landcare Program (SALP) is an extremely successful partnership program between the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' Parks and Wildlife Service, Alcoa, Perth NRM, Burswood Park Board, local government and the community.

Since the program began, it has provided about $8.4 million in funds to 1,323 on-ground projects that have engaged thousands of volunteers and contributed nearly 182,000 work hours.

This has included volunteers planting more than 2.5 million plants to revegetate more than 1,943 hectares of land; controlling weeds on more than 4,800 hectares of land; and erecting more than 5,800 kilometres of fencing to protect remnant vegetation and riparian areas.

These outcomes have been made possible through the long-term and ongoing commitment of Alcoa and the Burswood Park Board.

A list of grant recipients is attached.

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

"It is fantastic to assist community groups that share an unwavering focus on protecting the long-term future of our environment.

"The State Government is committed to managing, protecting and enhancing the Swan and Canning rivers and programs such as SALP are integral to achieving these goals.

"SALP has consistently delivered on the program's original intention of reducing harmful nutrients and contaminants from entering our waterways and groundwater while also improving the habitat value and amenity of public spaces.

"This program stands as a model of success and it continues to flourish in a time when partnerships between government, industry and community are key to protecting the State's unique environment."

Minister's office - 6552 5800

Community group Project title Funding approved (ex GST)
North sub-region ​ ​
Baigup Wetland Interest Group Baigup riverside restoration project $17,276
Friends of Bennett Brook Improving biodiversity and water quality in the Bennett Brook Reserve $34,981
Friends of Lake Claremont Ltd Extension of restoration of the wetland buffer on the east of Lake Claremont $8,977
Friends of Maylands Samphire Restoration of the Maylands Samphire Saltmarsh $8,437
Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group Inc Strengthening the habitat health and function at Pelican Point $6,410
North-east sub-region ​ ​
Chittering Valley LCDC Stepping stones to regional and local Linkages in Chittering $31,466
Ellen Brockman Integrated Catchment Group Ellen Brook Catchment riparian rehabilitation and protection of priority species $15,120
Wannamal Lake Catchment Group Inc Habitat repair and protection in the Udumung Catchment, Wannamal $13,462
East sub-region ​ ​
Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council Enhancing biodiversity and protecting water quality in Perth's eastern region $3,039
Friends of Boya Trail Protection and rehabilitation of Boya Trail $3,509
Friends of Jarrah Creek Reserve Weed control in Jarrah Creek Reserve and adjacent section of heritage trail $7,520
Friends of Jorgensen Park Restoring Spring Road Creek along the Bibbulman Track, Jorgensen Park, Kalamunda $12,986
Friends of Lion Mill Creek Restoring Lion Mill Creek, Mount Helena $7,786
Friends of Pioneer Park Heritage Trail rehabilitation Sawyers to Stoneville roads $12,800
Lower Helena Association Inc Lower Helena River wetland restoration project $14,813
South sub-region ​ ​
Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group Restoration of the Upper Canning, Southern, Wungong Catchment Area $36,306
Bannister Creek Catchment Group Habitat enhancement of bushlands within the Bannister Creek Catchment $19,435
Bungendore Park Environmental Group Weed control and dieback management in Bungendore Park $10,304
Friends of Forrestdale Inc Harrisdale Swamp rejuvenation $13,178
Friends of Mary Carroll Wetlands Restoration of Mary Carroll Park $14,364
Friends of Paganoni Swamp Control of invasive weeds to protect conservation values of Paganoni Swamp Reserve $7,934
Friends of The Spectacles Ten years of revegetation 2008-2018 at The Spectacles Regional Park $6,068
Friends of Wireless Hill Ongoing restoration of biodiversity at Wireless Hill $6,656
Mt Henry Peninsula Conservation Group Mt Henry Peninsula rehabilitation - weed and feral animal control project $11,600
South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL) Blue Gum Lake $14,175