Landcare partnership making a difference

The Wilson Wetlands Action Group, South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL), Bannister Creek Catchment Group and the Canning River Regional Park Volunteers are among the 25 groups to receive funding.

The community groups are beneficiaries of the long-running Swan River Trust and Alcoa Landcare Program (SALP).

Funds will help deliver 58 on-ground projects focused on reducing harmful nutrients and contaminants from entering waterways and groundwater.

Canning River Regional Park Volunteers field officer Jo Stone, who has been involved with the group for 26 years, said the funding would go towards weed eradication and planting new trees at two sites along the Canning River.

‘Funding is important because project sites are ongoing, particularly with weed eradication ” you can’t just do it one year and forget about it, you have to follow it up,’ she said.

‘We as a group have made a huge difference in eradicating a lot of introduced weeds and bringing back the native things,’ she said.

‘So the birds that have returned to the park, it’s amazing the species that we haven’t seen before.’

Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the Swan River Trust and Alcoa had been working together since 1999.

The partnership has delivered more than $7.35 million to community groups to fund 1210 projects.

‘This is an exciting collaboration between government, local government, environmental groups and industry that delivers positive outcomes for communities,’ Mr Jacob said.

The Wilson Wetlands Action Group received $7150, SERCUL $46,750, Bannister Creek Catchment Group $34,650 and the Canning River Regional Park Volunteers $10,450.