Wharf street path. Photo by Mark Thornley/DBCA
Wharf street path. Photo by Mark Thornley/DBCA

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.

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 riverbank@dbca.wa.gov.au 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.


Project site 


Funding (ex GST) 


Southern and Canning River Confluence– Stage 1

City of Gosnells


Canning River Regional Park – Treasure Paddock and Bacon St

Regional Parks Unit, DBCA


Ferndale Flats

City of Canning


Milyu Nature Reserve

DBCA Swan District, Marine and Riverpark



Dyarlgarro – Araluen Walktrail

City of Armadale


Maylands Samphire

City of Bayswater


Bindaring and Pickering Parks

Town of Bassendean


Success Hill

Town of Bassendean


Lilac Hill

City of Swan


Southern and Canning River Confluence– Stage 2

City of Gosnells


Page reviewed 16 May 2023