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Community Rivercare Program grants now open

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson at the Community Rivercare Program launch in 2017
Environment Minister Stephen Dawson at the Community Rivercare Program launch in 2017 DBCA
  • A total of $900,000 will be allocated to community groups over three years
  • Funding is administered by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

Round two of the Community Rivercare Program is now open and applications are invited from not-for-profit volunteer groups until September 17, 2018.

Funding is available to improve habitat for birds, fish and other animals dependent on waterways, improve water quality, and address foreshore erosion in the Swan Canning Catchment.

In the first round of funding, 17 community groups were awarded more than $540,000 for projects ranging from one to three years in duration.

Grant projects which received funding in round one included:

  • Ellen Brook endangered native fish habitat enhancement;
  • Bannister Creek and Canning River Regional Park boundary enhancement;
  • Bardon Park environmental restoration works;
  • Astley River Park foreshore restoration;
  • Helena River restoration at north bank;
  • Helena Valley restoration west of Scott Street;
  • Attadale foreshore conservation and restoration of riparian vegetation; and
  • Piesse Gully weed control and revegetation.

More information can be found at

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

"The McGowan Government is committed to supporting community groups and the valuable work they do along river foreshores.

"Community groups are instrumental in protecting and enhancing the natural values of our rivers and increasing public enjoyment of recreational areas.

"I encourage community groups to apply for these grants, so we can continue to support important projects that improve the health of the Swan Canning Riverpark."