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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Urban waterways renewal project to improve Canning and Swan river water quality

Media release
29 March 2012

The Swan and Canning rivers will receive an environmental health boost from the $8.56 million Urban Waterways Renewal project, which aims to improve water quality.

Officially launching the construction phase of the project today, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, said the Australian Government is providing $4 million to improve the health and amenity of the rivers, which are an iconic and integral part of the Perth community.

"These projects will refurbish existing drainage lines and restore natural drainage features to improve water quality and environmental flows," Senator Farrell said.

"The construction phase will include the realignment of stream banks and riffle construction to reduce water velocity.

"Establishing native plants throughout the catchment will improve water quality by intercepting and drawing nutrients out of the water and will also improve habitats."

"In addition to improving water quality, these projects will enhance the environmental qualities of urban areas and restore natural habitats, improve biodiversity and reduce erosion."

This project meets an Australian Government commitment to the Western Australian community to support the implementation of actions identified in the Swan Canning Water Quality Improvement Plan, in particular in the Bannister Creek, Bickley Brook and Southern River catchments.

The project is supported by the Australian Government through the Water for the Future initiative under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns program.

An additional $4.5 million has been provided (in cash and kind) by state government initiatives, Water Corporation and the local governments of Armadale, Gosnells and Canning.

"The Urban Waterways Renewal project demonstrates the significant community benefits that can be achieved when non-government organisations and different levels of government work together to achieve key environmental benefits and water security for current and future generations," Senator Farrell said.