David Templeman

David Templeman

Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Peel

    $1million in the bank for river protection

    21/07/2008 12:00 AM

    More than $1million is available for foreshore protection and rehabilitation projects in the next round of Riverbank funding, which opens today.


    Environment Minister David Templeman encouraged State and local government applicants to familiarise themselves with the new grant scheme guidelines.


    “The Swan River Trust has a comprehensive foreshore management strategy, which provides expert advice on the foreshore condition of the Swan and Canning Rivers,” Mr Templeman said.


    “Funding this year will be guided in part by recommendations from this strategy, which clearly identifies priority areas for investment.


    “New legislation passed in 2006 recognises the importance of the rivers and has strengthened our ability to manage and protect all aspects of their health.


    “Riverbank provides an avenue for partnership projects that will significantly improve shoreline health and amenity.


    “I’d like to congratulate the people involved in previously funded Riverbank projects, which are producing fantastic outcomes for the health of the foreshores and rivers.


    “For more than six years now, Riverbank funding to the tune of $4.35million has flowed to more than 100 projects.


    “Past projects include extensive erosion control works, revegetation, weed control, construction of fishing platforms, river wall repair and construction.

    “I encourage applicants to contact the Trust for advice early in the project planning stage.”


    For further information, contact the Trust at: riverbank.grants@dec.wa.gov.au or by phoning 9278 0900. The application and guidelines can also be downloaded from http://www.swanrivertrust.wa.gov.au


    Applications close on Thursday, August 21 at 5pm.


    Minister's office - 9220 5050