$1 million funding for Swan and Canning river foreshore restoration

Applications for Riverbank funding that focus on foreshore restoration projects along the Swan and Canning rivers are now open.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) is calling for expressions of interest to share $1 million in Riverbank funding for 2019-20.

A matched 50/50 funding model with foreshore land managers (largely local governments) will result in a minimum $2 million investment in the Riverpark this year.

This will support about 15 foreshore stabilisation, restoration and improvement projects.

Riverbank funding is supported by the Burswood Park Board and DBCA, and is guided by river-wide condition assessments of foreshore assets and services such as built assets, natural shorelines, vegetation and the Swan Canning Riverpark's public amenity.

Expression of interest applications will close by 5pm on April 12, 2019. For more information, visit http://www.pws.dbca.wa.gov.au/riverbankfunding

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

"The McGowan Government recognises the environmental, recreational and cultural values of the Swan and Canning rivers, and is committed to protecting their shorelines and habitats.

"Since the Riverbank funding program's inception in 2002, the State Government has contributed more than $21.5 million across Riverbank projects.

"This has been matched by riverside foreshore land managers across 280 project sites, and in total represents a $50 million investment in the health and amenity of the Riverpark.

"I encourage local governments and other stakeholders to apply for funding, so we can continue to work together to support our important and diverse river foreshores."