Hills community groups to share in funding to help conserve Swan and Canning rivers

The Swan River.
The Swan River.

COMMUNITY groups will use more than $338,000 in grants this year to deliver 53 projects to help conserve the Swan and Canning rivers and their catchments.

Lower Helena Association is among the 25 organisations to benefit and will receive a windfall of $14,813 towards the Lower Helena River wetland restoration project.

Friends of Pioneer Park will gain $12,800 for the Heritage Trail rehabilitation of Sawyers to Stoneville roads and Friends of Lion Mill Creek will collect $7786 to restore Lion Mill Creek in Mt Helena.

The Swan Alcoa Landcare Program (SALP) is a 20-year program run in partnership with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ Parks and Wildlife Service, Alcoa, Perth NRM, Burswood Park Board, local government and the community.

Other groups to gain include the Friends of Jorgensen Park ($12,986) to restore Spring Road Creek along the Bibbulman Track in Jorgensen Park, Kalamunda and the Friends of Boya Trail ($3509).

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the program stands as a model of success.

“It is fantastic to assist community groups that share an unwavering focus on protecting the long-term future of our environment,” he said.

Since the program began, it has provided about $8.4 million in funds to on-ground projects that have engaged thousands of volunteers planting several million plants, controlling weeds and erecting fencing.

Groups to secure grants in the north region included Bennett Brook Reserve ($34,981), Chittering Valley LCDC for stepping stones to regional and local linkages in Chittering ($31,466) and Ellen Brockman Integrated Catchment Group ($15,120).

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