Vegetation along the Upper Canning River
Vegetation along the Upper Canning River
  • $3 million investment in native plantings and weed removal in Riverpark
  • Four-year program to support projects led by local governments
  • McGowan Government will fund up to two thirds of project costs

Perth's iconic rivers will benefit from a major revegetation program to improve conditions along the foreshore.

The Swan Canning Riverpark Urban Forest program is a $3 million election commitment from the McGowan Government to support projects led by local and State Government land managers.

The City of Gosnells is the first to use the funding to revegetate 10 hectares where the Southern and Canning rivers meet.

The McGowan Government has invested more than $250,000 with the council contributing $150,000 to restore the area and improve the habitat for native wildlife. Almost five hectares of weeds have been removed since June, with the focus now turning to rehabilitate the natural environment.

The projects are delivered in partnership with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

The Swan Canning Riverpark Urban Forest program is an action under the recently announced Kep Katitjin - Gabi Kaadadjan: Waterwise Perth Action Plan 2. The Riverpark covers more than 7,200 hectares of river reserve and adjoining public land, which includes the Swan, Canning, Helena, and Southern rivers.

Local governments can get more information about the program by visiting

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby:

"The Swan and Canning rivers are the centrepiece of Perth, and it's important we protect and enhance the foreshore and waterways, not only for Western Australians but visitors to our great State.

"Our iconic rivers are a recreational playground and a valuable environmental resource, and this funding will go a long way to ensure the areas are enjoyed for years to come.

"The Riverpark is home to an array of wildlife, and this program will help reduce habitat loss, improve the condition of riverside vegetation, and manage our precious water resources."

Comments attributed to Thornlie MLA Chris Tallentire:

"It's great to see State and local governments working together to protect and enhance our natural assets for future generations to enjoy.

"I thank everyone involved, and I'm proud to see these proactive steps being taken to improve our waterways."

Comments attributed to City of Gosnells Mayor Terresa Lynes:

"The Gosnells community greatly values the Southern and Canning rivers for their cultural, recreational, and environmental significance. Rehabilitating this site will improve the quality of water entering the Canning River and have flow-on effects downstream.

"Rehabilitating the river reserve will improve habitat for wildlife, increase the tree canopy and enhance the overall river environment."

Page reviewed 14 Dec 2022