Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Former Minister for Environment; Heritage

    Funding improves access and river health

    24/08/2016 9:00 AM
    • $2 million for Perth foreshore restoration projects in 2016-17
    • Delivering on 2013 election commitment to fund more river projects 

    The Swan and Canning rivers will benefit from $2 million in funding from the Liberal National Government to improve access and river health.


    In announcing the 2016-17 Riverbank funding, Environment Minister Albert Jacob said 13 projects across 10 local council areas would share nearly $1 million.


    An additional $1 million will fund priority projects that are being negotiated with local councils. Two of these priority projects are at Southern River in the City of Gosnells and at Woodbridge Riverside Park in the City of Swan.


    The extra funding is from a one-off $3 million investment from the 2014-15 State Budget over three years.


    "Riverbank funding is a partnership between the State Government and local councils to protect the long-term future of the Swan and Canning rivers," Mr Jacob said.


    "It is focused on protecting foreshores and infrastructure and improving the environment and public amenity of the Swan and Canning rivers.


    "In 2013, the Government made an election commitment to fund more river projects and I am pleased to see the positive environmental results that this funding is delivering."


    The Minister said this year's projects included foreshore restoration works, revegetation, weed and erosion control and river wall construction, as well as funding for long-term plans to protect foreshores.


    At Lilac Hill Park in Guildford, the City of Swan will use $22,375 towards revegetating 600 metres of river bank to link previously revegetated areas to create a 2.3 kilometre foreshore wildlife corridor.  This will be one of the largest restabilised foreshore wildlife corridors along the Swan and Canning rivers.


    The City of Perth will receive more than $500,000 to control erosion along the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre foreshore. The City of Armadale will receive more than $69,000 for two projects along the Canning River.


    Fact File

    • Since 2008, the Liberal National Government has invested more than $16 million in 192 restoration projects along the Swan and Canning rivers
    • Under the Riverbank cost sharing, local councils have invested more than $28 million
    • The Government has also invested $7 million in six nutrient-stripping wetlands to improve water quality in the Swan and Canning rivers 

    Minister's office - 6552 5800


    Recipients of Riverbank funding for 2016-17

    • City of Armadale - $34,480 for revegetation and weed control in Fancote Park extension, Goolamrup Reserve and Araluen walk trail
    • City of Armadale - $34,608 for Rushton Park Rehabilitation, Stage 2
    • Town of Bassendean - $40,301 for drainage and foreshore restoration at Anzac Terrace
    • City of Fremantle - $39,305 for developing the Northbank Foreshore stabilisation plan
    • City of Gosnells - $40,720 for revegetation and weed control in foreshore reserves including John Okey Davis Park
    • City of Nedlands - $25,560 for revegetating degraded areas at Point Resolution
    • Shire of Peppermint Grove - $30,440 for erosion control at Freshwater Bay
    • City of Perth - $517,005 for erosion control at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre foreshore
    • City of Swan - $22,375 to develop a foreshore management plan for Lilac Hill Park
    • City of Swan - $44,000 for the Walyunga Threatened Biodiversity Landscape Linkage Project
    • City of Swan - $33,850 for foreshore restoration between Loder Way to Beverley Terrace
    • Town of Victoria Park - $32,750 for developing a foreshore management plan for McCallum Park to Taylor Reserve
    • City of Vincent - $90,000 for Banks Reserve foreshore restoration, Stage 2. 

    TOTAL: $985,394


    Confirmed priority projects to share in $1 million additional funding.


    • City of Gosnells - Southern River.  Target weed infestations, stabilise the riverbank, maintain riparian vegetation and increase community awareness through environmental education.  This potential project will build on similar works downstream on the Canning River at John Okey Davis Park.
    • City of Swan - foreshore restoration at Woodbridge Riverside Park including the redevelopment of the river wall, formalising public access and stabilisation of the riverbank from the Blackadder Creek outlet to the canoe launching area upstream of the Governor Stirling Senior High School boat shed.

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