Swan and Canning rivers cleanup gets $1.1m funding boost


Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg with volunteers involved in the Swan-Canning River Recovery Program.
ederal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg with volunteers involved in the Swan-Canning River Recovery Program.
River weeds.
Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg with volunteers involved in the Swan-Canning River Recovery Program. ederal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg with volunteers involved in the Swan-Canning River Recovery Program. River weeds.

AN injection of $1.1 million will flow to volunteer groups helping to remove invasive weeds from the Swan and Canning Rivers.

Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg made the funding announcement for the Swan-Canning River Recovery Program stage two at the Canning River Eco Education Centre in Wilson on July 31.

The grant is part of an election promise towards helping eliminate weeds from the river system as well as assisting riverbank, revitalisation and maintenance.

Mr Frydenberg paid credit to the hard work of volunteers who had helped stem the spread of the invasive aquatic weed hydrocotyle.

“Projects such as this river recovery project are very much based on harnessing the good will of our local communities,” he said.

“We couldn’t protect our urban environments let alone our regional environments without the hard work of the local communities.

“A million dollars these days is going to be very useful for a grassroots environmental project such as this one.”

Community groups within the Swan Canning catchment can apply later this year to Perth NRM for grants to hold restoration and conservation work as part of stage two of the project.

Perth NRM administers the $1.1 million funding.

Chief executive Lisa Potter said 1796 volunteers had participated in 52 land care events and a total of 156,023 locally occurring species had been planted across 10 hectares.

“There has been some significant work done and a lot of plants put in the ground,” she said.

Stage two is expected to run for two-and-a-half years.

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