Forests are important to our health and wellbeing; they cool cities and urban areas, reduce air pollutants, support biodiversity, regulate water flow, lower carbon emissions and can increase property value. The Swan Canning Riverpark Urban Forest program is an election commitment to help improve the Swan Canning Riverpark’s ecosystem health, amenity value and use of the connected urban forest landscape. This initiative is part of the WA Government’s Kep Katitjin-Gabi Kaadadjan (Waterwise Perth action plan 2) to establish leading waterwise communities for Boorloo (Perth) and Bindjareb (Peel) by 2030.

Funding is available for public land managers to improve their urban forests

The program supports public land managers to deliver urban forest restoration projects within the Swan Canning Riverpark (Riverpark) and surrounds (including tributaries and drainage lines) in the Swan Canning catchment. This is a unique opportunity, with funding available for projects that address the following priorities:

  • Improved condition, structure and function of the Riverpark’s urban forest ecosystems including drainage lines and tributaries in the Swan Canning catchment
  • Improved habitat value and increased use by native fauna through revegetation
  • Improved management of the Riverpark’s urban forest by State and local government
  • Improved quality of water entering the Swan and Canning rivers
  • Improved Riverpark amenity value and use by residents and tourists.

Applications for funding can be made at any time during the year and will be assessed to ensure they meet established criteria. Public land managers are encouraged to discuss project ideas with DBCA’s Urban Forest Coordinator, who can be contacted on 9278 0900 or to arrange an online appointment or site visit. The Swan Canning Riverpark Urban Forest program grant opportunity guidelines are available in the downloads section below.

Projects that have received funding under the Swan Canning Riverpark Urban Forest Funding program.
YearProject sitePartnerFunding (ex GST)
2021-22Southern and Canning River Confluence– Stage 1City of Gosnells$257,050.00
Canning River Regional Park – Treasure Paddock and Bacon StRegional Parks Unit, DBCA$20,000.00
Ferndale FlatsCity of Canning$19,846.00
Milyu Nature ReserveDBCA Swan District, Marine and Riverpark$13,492.00
2022-23Dyarlgarro – Araluen WalktrailCity of Armadale$285,665.00
Maylands SamphireCity of Bayswater$84,730.90
Bindaring and Pickering ParksTown of Bassendean$18,647.40
Success Hill ReserveTown of Bassendean$4,947.00
Lilac HillCity of Swan$172,513.45
Southern and Canning River Confluence– Stage 2City of Gosnells$354,730.90
2023-24Hurlingham Living StreamCity of South Perth$602,351.00
Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary WestCity of Bayswater$87,146.93
Attadale Bushland Conservation ReserveCity of Melville$318,888.00
Success Hill Reserve (Stage 2)Town of Bassendean$13,746.85
Araluen Walk Trail-Stage 2-Connecting RemnantsCity of Armadale$70,438.00
Bindaring Park Living Stream Stage 2Town of Bassendean$43,698.67
Clarkson Reserve Turf RevegetationCity of Bayswater$75,634.00
City of Melville Djinang DjidimyCity of Melville$21,821.67
Minim Cove Park Revegetation ProjectTown of Mosman Park$41,061.00
Garvey Park Ecological Connectivity UpgradeCity of Belmont$122,126.65