The McGowan Government is investing $1.5 million into local projects which will enhance and restore the Swan and Canning Rivers.

Focusing on environmental, recreational and cultural values, the new funding is part of the State Government's commitment to improving the health of Perth's rivers.

More than $1.2 million of the funding will be allocated to 12 local foreshore managers, with remaining funds to be divided between local governments to focus on the river priority sites.

The City of Perth will receive $459,000 to upgrade the East Perth foreshore through rock revetment, bio-engineering and revegetation to improve the foreshore, visitor amenity and activate the area for community use.

The City of Melville will benefit from $100,000 for bank stabilisation and ecological restoration and improved community access and amenity at Point Heathcote in Applecross.

More than $50,000 has been granted to the City of Belmont for foreshore stabilisation and landscaping to upgrade the Bilya Kard Boodja Lookout in Belmont.

Since its inception in 2002, more than $24 million has been contributed to over 311 Riverbank projects around the Swan and Canning rivers.

Local governments have added to the State Government's contribution to Riverbank funding, resulting in a total investment of more than $55 million in approximately 19 years.

The project includes funding from the McGowan Government's Green Jobs Plan which will see more than $60 million invested into green jobs in WA over the next three years.

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

"The McGowan Government is committed to the health of Perth's Swan and Canning river systems, and with this funding local managers will be able to complete much needed projects throughout the Swan Canning Riverpark.  

"Funding will go to important site work including ecological protection, weed control, revegetation, erosion control and foreshore stabilisation.

"Not only do these projects improve the river's health and support ecological systems, but they will also enhance visitor amenity to allow the community to enjoy our beautiful waterways."

Project sites to receive/eligible for Riverbank Funding in 2020-2021:

Site Title / Location Partner Project Intent
Canning River in the City of Armadale City of Armadale Ecological restoration including revegetation and weed control at various locations along the Canning River
Canning and Southern Rivers in the City of Gosnells City of Gosnells Ecological restoration including revegetation and weed control at various locations along the Canning and Southern Rivers
Point Heathcote City of Melville Bank stabilisation, ecological restoration and amenity enhancement at Point Heathcote, Applecross
Shelley Rossmoyne Foreshore City of Canning Succession planting of river trees along the Shelley Rossmoyne Foreshore
Canning River Regional Park DBCA - Regional Parks Unit Rehabilitation, protection and enhancement of Canning River Regional Park foreshore and bushland areas
Attadale Foreshore City of Melville Riverbank stabilisation and revegetation, Point Walter
Northbank City of Fremantle Foreshore stabilisation investigations, North Fremantle
Bilya Kard Boodja Lookout City of Belmont Foreshore stabilisation and landscape upgrade, Belmont
Foreshore Reserve 28307 City of Nedlands Greenway Corridor Development Plan, Dalkeith
Shelley Rossmoyne Foreshore City of Canning Foreshore restoration and protection, Rossmoyne Foreshore
JH Abrahams Reserve City of Perth River wall repairs, Crawley
Kings Meadow City of Swan Foreshore re-design and consultation, Guildford
Barrack Square to Point Fraser City of Perth Riverside Drive river wall repair, Perth
Mount Henry Spit City of South Perth Foreshore monitoring and maintenance, Salter Point
Point Reserve Town of Bassendean Foreshore Restoration Plan, Bassendean
East Perth Foreshore City of Perth Foreshore upgrade including rock revetment, bioengineering and revegetation, East Perth
Bells Rapids City of Swan Precinct/Concept Plan, Bells Rapids
Coode To Ellam Street City of South Perth River wall replacement, beach creation and revegetation, Sir James Mitchell Park
Kwinana Freeway Foreshore (including) Milyu Nature Reserve City of South Perth, DBCA - Swan Coastal District Revegetation and weed control, Como
Ascot Racecourse City of Belmont Shoreline protection using rock revetment and gabion baskets, Ascot


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