Combating Weeds, Nutrient Run-Off in Swan-Canning Waterways

24 December 2020

A $2 million Environment Restoration Fund project to improve the health of the middle-Canning estuary,  will see the removal of terrestrial weeds across 50 hectares, the eradication of aquatic hydrocotyle (spaghetti) weed and programs to reduce sediment and nutrient runoff in this vital Western Australian waterway.

Over the next three years, environmental and community groups will engage volunteers in a series of projects funded by the Australian Government, under the Swan Canning River Recovery Stage 3 project.

The spread of weeds on the foreshore and in the water have been a major problem for the Swan-Canning waterways as they compete with local plants for space and light.

This is a significant regional issue and one that has already seen some outstanding contributions from the community.

As well as delivering practical environmental outcomes, these programs are helping educate people about the importance of middle-Canning waterway’s natural values and the ways we can work together to enhance our environment.

The Morrison government is investing practical environmental outcomes and working with communities to deliver lasting outcomes.

I am proud to have delivered 3 stages of the Swan-Canning River Recovery Programme, in caring for our local waterways

Steve Irons
Federal Member for Swan.
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships.