City of Canning’s nutrient practices considered “above average” by local government survey

City of Canning park supervisor Paul Wright at Wyong Reserve in Wilson. Picture: Marie Nirme
City of Canning park supervisor Paul Wright at Wyong Reserve in Wilson. Picture: Marie Nirme

THE City of Canning’s nutrient management practices have been recognised as “above average” by the South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL).

Canning scored 63 per cent on SERCUL’s Annual Nutrient Survey for Local Government Authorities, which assesses local governments’ nutrient use on turfed areas, reserves and wetlands.

The score was the equal fifth-highest among the 22 local governments assessed by the survey and was partly based on survey results between 2000-2018.

The survey praised the City for their nutrient management, monitoring and education and noted they could improve by focusing on fertiliser applications, water quality monitoring and development control.

Canning Mayor Paul Ng said they were very pleased with their score and were eager to improve ahead of the next survey.

“The City has made significant inroads to managing public open spaces adjacent to waterways and is very proud of the precision nutrient management program it has implemented since 2016,” he said.

“This program results in sustainable and optimum turf health and eliminates the need for herbicides.”

Mayor Ng said they were focused on developing resident-led programs to improve their score for the next survey.

“As a Waterwise Council, the City is committed to improving the management of water in its public open spaces and supporting the Local Biodiversity Strategy endorsed by Council in 2018,” he said.

The Cities of Bayswater and Vincent finished top of the survey, scoring 72 per cent each.