Swan between Guildford and Caversham to be revitalised with State funding

Alyssa Hayden, Albert Jacob and Cr David Lucas.
Alyssa Hayden, Albert Jacob and Cr David Lucas.

THE Swan River between Guildford and Caversham is set to share in $2 million of funding that would see it undergo a facelift in the next year.

Environment Minister Albert Jacob announced today the State Government would spend more than $22,000 on restoring the foreshore at Lilac Hill Park.

“This project will be done in partnership with the City of Swan,” the Minister said.

“It will see the revegetation of 600m of river bank from the bridge in Guildford to link previously revegetated areas in order to create a 2.3km foreshore wildlife corridor.

“This will be one of the largest restabilised foreshore wildlife corridors along the Swan and Canning rivers.”

Swan Deputy Mayor David Lucas said the City of Swan was grateful for the State Government’s commitment.

“We could not do this project without the government’s assistance,” Councillor Lucas said.

“If we did not have a 50-50 partnership, we would have to get finances out of the ratepayers of the City.”

Member for the East Metropolitan Region Alyssa Hayden said the restoration would provide a boost to local tourism.

“Residents enjoy the amenities provided along the Swan River to go kayaking, fishing, and boating or to simply enjoy a lazy day picnicking along the river foreshore,” she said.

“Visitors to our state find a boat cruise to the Swan Valley extremely attractive and support the many tourism operators and businesses along the way.”

Lilac Hill Park is one of 13 funded projects that will benefit from the Liberal Government’s Riverbank funding program.

The City of Swan has also been allocated $33,850 for Swan River foreshore restoration between Loder Way and Beverley Terrace in South Guildford, as well as $44,000 for the Walyunga Threatened Biodiversity Landscape Linkage Project in the Darling Ranges.