Western Australia Minister for Environment Donna Faragher
$600,000 Funding For River Care Groups
Victor P Taffa
Western Australia Minister for Environment Donna Faragher today announced $600,000 funding for more than 35 projects that aim to improve the quality of water entering the Swan and Canning rivers.
“This funding gives community river care groups the ability to undertake environmental projects in their local area.” Mrs. Faragher said.
“Community conservation groups make a valuable on ground contribution to protecting the Swan and Canning rivers.”
The funding is part of the Swan River Trust and Alcoa Landcare Program, which is administered by Perth Region NRM and jointly funded by the Swan River Trust, Alcoa of Australia Limited and, for the first time in 2010, Lotterywest.
The Minister said the program had been running successfully for 12 years and had funded foreshore and wetland restoration, conservation and rehabilitation projects in the Perth region.
“The program is an excellent example of Government and industry working together to help improve water quality in our Swan and Canning rivers.” Mrs. Faragher said.
“We can only achieve sustainable and healthy rivers if we all work together – local and State governments, industry and community groups.”
Projects given funding this year focused on revegetation; weed control; and management and dieback treatment.
Since 1998, more than 830 projects have received funding through the program, with State Government contribution totalling more than $2.8 Million.