Joint ef­fort de­liv­ers on river projects

$2M FUND­ING AS COUN­CILS MATCH STATE GOV­ERN­MENT

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

THE Swan and Can­ning rivers will ben­e­fit from al­most $2 mil­lion in fund­ing for fore­shore restora­tion projects in 2015-16, af­ter 12 new restora­tion projects were an­nounced by the State Gov­ern­ment.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob said the projects would be fo­cused on pro­tect­ing open space, fore­shores, in­fra­struc­ture, im­prov­ing wa­ter qual­ity and the public amenity of the rivers.

More than $674,000 in grants will be shared across 10 coun­cils, in­clud­ing the cities of Ar­madale, Gos­nells, Can­ning and Melville.

Another $1.326 mil­lion is be­ing ne­go­ti­ated with lo­cal gov­ern­ments for other pri­or­ity works.

This year’s fund­ing will also en­able the City of South Perth to com­plete the Mends Street river wall re­place­ment pro­ject.

“A key fea­ture of the pro­gram is the col­lab­o­ra­tion with lo­cal gov­ern­ment match­ing the State’s con­tri­bu­tion for river restora­tion projects, re­sult­ing in more than $22 mil­lion in­vested in our city rivers since 2008,” Mr Ja­cob said.

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