- $900,000 grants scheme for restoration projects along the Swan and Canning rivers
- Community volunteer groups to help improve water quality and conservation of wildlife
The health and amenity of the Swan and Canning rivers will be improved with the launch today of a new grants scheme that recognises the important work undertaken by volunteer community groups along river foreshores.
The McGowan Labor Government is investing $900,000 over three years in the Community Rivercare Program, which will engage community support and involvement for various projects to protect and enhance recreation areas around the rivers.
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is seeking expressions of interest to deliver projects including foreshore restoration and riverbank erosion, reduction of nutrient inflows, native waterbird conservation, native fish habitat protection and restocking of native recreational fish species.
Small and large restoration projects will be delivered over three years by community volunteers.
The first round of grants will open on October 16, 2017, with $300,000 to be allocated annually from 2018-19 to 2020-21.
Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:
"The McGowan Labor Government is protecting the Swan and Canning rivers by investing in measures that will help address nutrient inflows, riverbank erosion and native fish and waterbird conservation.
"State and local governments, community groups, volunteers and the public all play a part to maintain the health of this very important part of our natural environment.
"The Community Rivercare Program supports volunteers to become involved in activities that will help our river system become more vibrant and well balanced.
"I encourage everyone with an interest in improving the health and amenity of our rivers to apply for grants under this program so we can continue to work together to protect the Swan and Canning rivers."
Minister's office - 6552 5800