The Conservation Council of WA (CCWA) has welcomed the announcement of funding to help support conservation of the Swan River Estuary.
Western Australia’s Environment Minister, Reece Whitby, presented a Lotterywest grant for $14,666 to assist Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group and its volunteers in providing much needed rehabilitation and revegetation projects in South Perth, Crawley and Melville.
The work - which includes the planting of native species, weeding, monitoring and controlling erosion as well as educational programs – is delivered in partnership with the WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and the local government authorities.
Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group, a CCWA member group, will use the funding to purchase a trailer and equipment to help its team of 90 volunteers carry out their important work, protecting the estuary foreshore.
“The Swan River Estuary is a sanctuary for native wildlife, including endangered species and migratory birds”, said Mr Whitby.
“This funding will improve habitat quality and enhance the overall river environment. I applaud these volunteers for taking proactive steps to protect our riverbanks and care for our natural assets.”
CCWA Executive Director, Joe Heffernan, echoed the minister’s words.
“I visited the Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group very recently to see their excellent work first-hand and was incredibly impressed by their dedication to protecting that beautiful area of our foreshore. The birdlife and sensitive habitats that they are protecting contribute to making Perth and the mighty Swan River a special place for us all.
“It’s great to see the state government recognising the vital role volunteers play in protecting WA’s natural environment and providing financial support to help them. Volunteers dedicate thousands of hours each year to conserving and managing areas across Western Australia – they really are the driving force behind conservation and caring for nature in our state and it is vital that they are properly supported.”
MEDIA INFORMATION: The Conservation Council of WA (CCWA) is the state’s foremost non-profit, non-government conservation organisation representing nearly 100 environmental organisations across Western Australia.
For more information, visit: ccwa.org.au.
CONTACT: For any enquiries relating to this release, please contact Robert Davies
08 9420 7291 / 0412 272 570 or by email, [email protected]