Bannister Creek Catchment Group to benefit from much-needed State Government grant

Catherine Williams (Bannister Creek Catchment Group Coordinator), seen here working at Bannister Creek in Ferndale. Picture: David Baylis
Catherine Williams (Bannister Creek Catchment Group Coordinator), seen here working at Bannister Creek in Ferndale. Picture: David Baylis

ONE of Canning’s most important waterways is set to benefit from a State Government grant.

The Bannister Creek Catchment Group have received $23,950 in funding to provide the Ferndale waterway with maintenance, infill planting and weed control as part of the Canning Linkage Project.

The group’s coordinator Cat Williams said the project formed an important part of the City of Canning’s Local Biodiversity Strategy.

“This is one of the eight priority sub-catchments that run into the Swan Canning River system and this particular catchment suffers a lot of pollution and hydrocarbons entering further into the catchment,” she said.

“One of the City of Canning’s big things is canopy cover and what they call local linkages. We’ve got Perth biodiversity linkages, massive corridors which run across the story and Bannister Creek is actually in one of those corridors.

“What the city wants to do is have a bunch of sub-linkages, partially on verges and partially on public open space, that actually link all of these main-linkages together.”

Ms Williams said part of the grant would also go towards increasing community engagement, which they relied on heavily to help implement their work.

“The community engagement portion of it is beyond Bannister Creek and we’re still kind of nutting down where those places are going to be, but some are going to be Queens Park, Canning River Regional Park and Ferndale Flats,” she said.

“We want the sites to be strategically put near schools, so the kids can actually walk, that removes a barrier to them participating if they are able to walk and not get a bus.”

Ms Williams also thanked the State Government for the funding and the City of Canning for their partnership with the catchment group.