More than $320,000 been allocated to 10 projects to help save the Swan and Canning rivers.
Environment Minister Judy Edwards said the grants formed part of the Swan River Trust’s Riverbank program to protect the health of the rivers.
“Through this program, $1million is available for local and State Government agencies working in partnership with the community, to undertake foreshore protection and rehabilitation projects,” Dr Edwards said.
“As a result of this funding round of $322,603, foreshore works will be undertaken at the Goodwood Parade Boat ramp in Rivervale, Kent St Weir and Wilson Park in Wilson, Shelley foreshore, Coombe Reserve in Mosman Park, Freshwater Bay foreshore, Banks Reserve in East Perth, the Canning River in Beckenham, Pioneer Park in Gosnells and in the Canning River Regional Park, Ferndale.
“The design phase for riverbank stabilisation around the Goodwood Parade boat ramp in Rivervale can now begin, and at Prisoners Point in Shelley the replacement of river sand, installation of erosion control, coir logs and matting, and native vegetation will be completed this summer.
“The funding will also allow the Town of Vincent to undertake a contaminated site and acid sulphate soil investigation and develop a management plan as part of a proposed foreshore restoration project at Banks Reserve.
”With the $34,900 provided by the Trust, the City of Gosnells can now construct a boardwalk and undertake foreshore rehabilitation along the Canning River in Pioneer Park.”
Riverbank funding was increased eight-fold to $1million a year in January as part of State Government initiatives to help protect and improve the health of the rivers.
A wide range of foreshore protection and rehabilitation activities within the Swan River Trust management area are eligible for funding.
Minister's office: 9220 5050
RIVERBANK PROGRAM DETAILS
Goodwood Parade boat ramp Stage 1, Rivervale
The Trust has approved $7,895 for the City of Belmont to complete designs and specifications for riverbank restoration works at the Goodwood Parade boat ramp in Rivervale. Further funds from the Riverbank program will be sought by the City of Belmont to assist with implementation of the project.
Proposed works include building, walling and revetments around the boat ramp and revegetation of sections of the river using local native plant species.
Kent Street Weir - Wilson
The Kent Street Weir is a heritage-listed site and is used to impound fresh water in summer to provide fresh water to the surface water license holders on the Canning River and for recreational activities in the area. The weir supports a cycle/walkway that provides pedestrian access route through the Canning River Regional Park.
The Department of Environment has received $88,000 from the Trust’s Riverbank program to repair a hole in the weir that had resulted in the walkway being temporarily closed to the public since January. Works also include repairs to a footpath and revegetating the surrounding foreshore.
Prisoners Point, Shelley Rossmoyne Foreshore
The City of Canning has received $6,065 to rehabilitate foreshore vegetation and control erosion at Prisoners Point in Shelley.
This project involves beach works, installation of coir logs and jute matting to stem erosion and planting native plants, including sedges, to minimise the impacts of erosion.
The City of Canning will undertake works in partnership with the Canning River Residents Environmental Protection Association, Shelley Sailing Club and local residents.
Yule Brook/Canning River, Beckenham
The Yule Brook open space area has historically been used for agriculture including cropping and grazing, which has caused significant clearing of riverbank vegetation. This has left banks exposed and subject to erosion, while damage to the understorey has resulted in heavy weed infestations.
The Western Australian Planning Commission in partnership with the South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare has received $36,670 to assist with maintaining and enhancing the foreshore through weed control and revegetation.
These improvements will help stabilise the riverbank and create vegetation corridors linking the river edge to the flood plain, wetlands and dry land areas.
Banks Reserve, East Perth
The Town of Vincent is proposing to undertake foreshore restoration works along the Swan River foreshore at Banks Reserve, East Perth. The first stage of works to be completed will be a contaminated site and acid sulphate soil investigation and management plan. The Trust has approved $58,907 for this first stage.
Proposed restoration works will comprise regrading the riverbank and stabilisation of the graded surface through revegetation with local native species.
Freshwater Bay, Claremont
Freshwater Bay is on the river foreshore in Claremont. This project seeks to rehabilitate and revegetate the area of the river that has become invaded by kikuyu grass that smothers and displaces the native plants. Works include revegetating areas with native plants and installing a root barrier to manage grass invasion.
The Trust has approved $10,672 for this project from the Riverbank program.
Canning River Regional Park, Greenfield St Bridge
Swan River Trust has been working in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Land Management, Canning River Regional Park Volunteers and South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare to undertake foreshore rehabilitation works along the Canning River foreshore in the Canning River Regional Park, near Greenfield St Bridge.
Urgent action was required to control weeds and provide habitat for local fauna after an extensive fire occurred early in 2005. The Trust will spend $16,530 from the Riverbank program towards this project and is assisting with project management and on ground works.
Work already is under way with extensive weed control works and planting 4,000 local native sedges. Ten thousand local trees and shrubs are being planted this winter.
Wilson Park, Kent Street, Wilson
Wilson Park is next to Kent St Weir in Wilson and used for recreational activities such as picnics, barbeques, canoeing, recreational fishing and bird watching.
Erosion has caused holes to develop between an old river wall and the adjoining parkland. The riverbank is also is being undercut that is causing the collapse of existing native species such as flooded gum (Eucalyptus rudis) and swamp sheoak (Casuarina obesa).
The Swan River Trust has approved $52,800 from the Riverbank program to assist the City of Canning to rejuvenate the area by installing low retaining walls and timber decking, re-profiling the riverbanks and revegetation using local native plants.
Pioneer Park, Gosnells
Many of the riverbanks along the Canning River in Pioneer Park have been eroded leaving steep sides with little understorey vegetation binding the soil together. Uncontrolled access along the banks and throughout the fringing vegetation has compacted the soil along the paths, leaving areas bare of native plants.
The City of Gosnells will protect the foreshore, through the provision of a raised boardwalk along the top of the riverbank. The boardwalk will effectively prevent people accessing the riparian edge and manage their access in an appropriate way, while still providing the experience of being near the river. One section of the boardwalk will be raised across the wetland, allowing the public to ‘walk through the wetland vegetation canopy’ without directly impacting on it. The river foreshore will be revegetated using local species, linking the foreshore with the floodplain.
The City of Gosnells will undertake project works in partnership with the Armadale-Gosnells Landcare Group.
The Coombe Reserve
The Town of Mosman Park will receive $10,164 from the Riverbank program to rehabilitate and rebuild about 70m of river wall at the Coombe Reserve.
Cracking and break down of the wall’s grouting has resulted in holes behind the wall and between the limestone blocks. This breakdown has caused localised subsidence and small sections of wall to collapse.
The rehabilitation and reconstruction of the wall will improve the protection of the location from erosion and enhance public amenity to the area.