Funds bring Black swan back to river

Funds bring Black swan back to river

DETERIORATING river walls along the South Perth foreshore will be repaired using a $200,000 grant.

Secured by the City of South Perth, the Riverbank grant will also fund a black swan habitat.

Once abundant in numbers, black swan numbers have significantly dropped in recent years.

The City has been liaising with bird experts to design and place a small off-shore vegetated island in the river, adjacent to Lake Douglas, to encourage black swans back to the river.

South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty was pleased the City was successful in obtaining the funding.

“Protecting our flora and fauna is incredibly important,” Ms Doherty said. “Our residents and visitors love seeing our swans, which are currently nesting around the City, and we want to ensure generations to come can experience the beautiful environment and wildlife we have in our area.”

The project is expected to be completed within two years.