The Swan and Canning rivers are set to benefit from more than $1.4 million in new funding for foreshore restoration projects as part of the McGowan Government’s Riverbank Program.
For 21 years, this initiative has been working to improve the health of the Swan Canning Riverpark.
The grants focus on projects that protect or enhance environmental, recreational, cultural and amenity values of the Swan Canning Riverpark.
Riverbank funding of more than $1.4 million will go to 12 local foreshore land managers and remaining funds will be directed towards the protection of priority sites river-wide through partnerships with local governments.
The City of Armadale will receive $61,945 to continue successful ecological restoration works at four sites.
These works include weed control and revegetation with broader aims of increasing overall biodiversity, improving water quality, increasing canopy cover, improving wildlife habitat, and to reduce sedimentation and erosion.
The City of Bayswater will receive $40,000 for the development of a foreshore restoration design of Riverside Gardens in Bayswater. This will assist with conservation efforts, as well as mitigate erosion.
Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby:
“The McGowan Government is committed to improving the health of the Swan Canning Riverpark.
“The riverpark is important not only for the community who use these areas for recreation and tourism, but also actions such as effective weed management and erosion mitigation help the local environment as well.
“Congratulations to the successful recipients for their dedication for protecting our waterways.”