Alan Carpenter

Alan Carpenter

Premier; Minister for Federal-State Relations; Trade; Innovation; Science; Public Sector Management

David Templeman

David Templeman

Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Peel

    Premier opens $2.5million Eco Education Centre in Canning

    7/06/2008 12:00 AM

    Premier Alan Carpenter today opened a new $2.5million community facility and environmental education centre on the Canning River.


    Mr Carpenter said the Canning River Eco Education Centre would provide valuable information on the river and its environment to school students and visitors to the area.


    “Learning about the environment will help visitors realise the importance of the Canning River and inspire them to look after it and make a positive contribution,” he said.


    The Premier said the centre highlighted the State Government’s commitment to environmental education in the metropolitan area.


    Environment Minister David Templeman said the project was a collaborative effort guided by a Joint Working Group chaired by Riverton MLA Tony McRae in consultation with representatives from State Government agencies, the City of Canning and the community.


    “I congratulate the working group for their enormous contribution in overseeing the planning, design and construction of the centre,” Mr Templeman said. 


    “The comprehensive consultation process they undertook has resulted in an attractive, functional building that can be enjoyed and valued by the community.


    “Canning River Regional Park benefits greatly from the significant level of community involvement and participation from volunteers and environment groups who help out with conservation and the general enhancement of the park.


    “It makes sense that these people were also involved in shaping the way the centre looks, functions and operates and they have done a great job.” 


    Mr Carpenter said the building had a number of sustainable design features and included an interpretive gallery, classroom, meeting room and office space.


    “The Canning River Regional Park is the perfect setting for the community to appreciate and learn about the environment,” he said.


    “The Canning River Eco Education Centre is a wonderful enhancement to the park and a valuable community resource.” 


    Riverton MLA Tony McRae, who was instrumental in getting the project off the ground, said he was excited about the prospect of thousands of students visiting the centre and catching the ‘environmental bug’ during their studies.


    “Pressure on our rivers, threats to biodiversity and the challenge of climate change all demand we get smarter at protecting our fragile natural ecosystems,” Mr McRae said.


    “The Canning Eco Education Centre is a major investment in creating a more sustainable future - it’s a very exciting addition to our district.”


    In formally transferring the responsibility for the centre to the City of Canning Mayor, Dr Mick Lekias, the Premier acknowledged the city’s outstanding contribution.


    “The City of Canning has put a lot of hard work into the development of the building and will play an important role in managing the site for the community’s use, with the help of an environmental education officer funded by the Department of Education and Training,” Mr Carpenter said.


    The City of Canning was part of the Joint Working Group which also included the Department of Environment and Conservation, the Department of Education and Training, representatives of the local community, the Swan River Trust, and the Department of Housing and Works. 


    For more information about the Canning River and other regional parks visit


    Premier’s office: 9222 9475

    Environment Minister’s office: 9220 5050