Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Emergency Services; Innovation and the Digital Economy; Medical Research; Volunteering

    53 community projects funded to protect Swan River

    26/02/2018 2:00 PM
    • 25 community groups awarded more than $338,000 

    A total of 25 community groups have been awarded more than $338,000 in grants this year to deliver 53 projects that will help conserve the Swan and Canning rivers and surrounding catchments.


    Now in its 20th year, the Swan Alcoa Landcare Program (SALP) is an extremely successful partnership program between the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' Parks and Wildlife Service, Alcoa, Perth NRM, Burswood Park Board, local government and the community.


    Since the program began, it has provided about $8.4 million in funds to 1,323 on-ground projects that have engaged thousands of volunteers and contributed nearly 182,000 work hours.


    This has included volunteers planting more than 2.5 million plants to revegetate more than 1,943 hectares of land; controlling weeds on more than 4,800 hectares of land; and erecting more than 5,800 kilometres of fencing to protect remnant vegetation and riparian areas.


    These outcomes have been made possible through the long-term and ongoing commitment of Alcoa and the Burswood Park Board.


    A list of grant recipients is attached.


    Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:


    "It is fantastic to assist community groups that share an unwavering focus on protecting the long-term future of our environment.


    "The State Government is committed to managing, protecting and enhancing the Swan and Canning rivers and programs such as SALP are integral to achieving these goals.


    "SALP has consistently delivered on the program's original intention of reducing harmful nutrients and contaminants from entering our waterways and groundwater while also improving the habitat value and amenity of public spaces.


    "This program stands as a model of success and it continues to flourish in a time when partnerships between government, industry and community are key to protecting the State's unique environment."


    Minister's office - 6552 5800


    Community groupProject titleFunding approved (ex GST)
    North sub-region ​ ​
    Baigup Wetland Interest GroupBaigup riverside restoration project$17,276
    Friends of Bennett BrookImproving biodiversity and water quality in the Bennett Brook Reserve$34,981
    Friends of Lake Claremont LtdExtension of restoration of the wetland buffer on the east of Lake Claremont$8,977
    Friends of Maylands SamphireRestoration of the Maylands Samphire Saltmarsh$8,437
    Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group IncStrengthening the habitat health and function at Pelican Point$6,410
    North-east sub-region ​ ​
    Chittering Valley LCDCStepping stones to regional and local Linkages in Chittering$31,466
    Ellen Brockman Integrated Catchment GroupEllen Brook Catchment riparian rehabilitation and protection of priority species$15,120
    Wannamal Lake Catchment Group IncHabitat repair and protection in the Udumung Catchment, Wannamal$13,462
    East sub-region ​ ​
    Eastern Metropolitan Regional CouncilEnhancing biodiversity and protecting water quality in Perth's eastern region$3,039
    Friends of Boya TrailProtection and rehabilitation of Boya Trail$3,509
    Friends of Jarrah Creek ReserveWeed control in Jarrah Creek Reserve and adjacent section of heritage trail$7,520
    Friends of Jorgensen ParkRestoring Spring Road Creek along the Bibbulman Track, Jorgensen Park, Kalamunda$12,986
    Friends of Lion Mill CreekRestoring Lion Mill Creek, Mount Helena$7,786
    Friends of Pioneer ParkHeritage Trail rehabilitation Sawyers to Stoneville roads$12,800
    Lower Helena Association IncLower Helena River wetland restoration project$14,813
    South sub-region ​ ​
    Armadale Gosnells Landcare GroupRestoration of the Upper Canning, Southern, Wungong Catchment Area$36,306
    Bannister Creek Catchment GroupHabitat enhancement of bushlands within the Bannister Creek Catchment$19,435
    Bungendore Park Environmental GroupWeed control and dieback management in Bungendore Park$10,304
    Friends of Forrestdale IncHarrisdale Swamp rejuvenation$13,178
    Friends of Mary Carroll WetlandsRestoration of Mary Carroll Park$14,364
    Friends of Paganoni SwampControl of invasive weeds to protect conservation values of Paganoni Swamp Reserve$7,934
    Friends of The SpectaclesTen years of revegetation 2008-2018 at The Spectacles Regional Park$6,068
    Friends of Wireless HillOngoing restoration of biodiversity at Wireless Hill$6,656
    Mt Henry Peninsula Conservation GroupMt Henry Peninsula rehabilitation - weed and feral animal control project$11,600
    South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL)Blue Gum Lake$14,175