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    10012: Strengthening our streams – riparian restoration of priority areas of the Swan and Helena River

    Harridean wetland was one of the priority sites selected for restoration. The watsonia-infested wetland is pictured here before weed management. Courtesy Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council
    Harridean wetland was one of the priority sites selected for restoration. The watsonia-infested wetland is pictured here before weed management. Courtesy Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council

    Fringing vegetation along the Swan and Helena rivers creates a significant natural corridor linking the Darling Scarp to the City of Perth. It also plays a vital role in:

    • maintaining a biologically balanced and healthy waterway
    • filtering sediments, nutrients and pollutants
    • reducing surface water run-off and erosion
    • protecting river banks against boat wake and wave action
    • providing food and habitat for birds, frogs, reptiles, invertebrates, crustaceans and mammals
    • maintaining plant and animal species
    • improving recreational enjoyment.

    With the help of State NRM Program funding, this project aims to restore riparian vegetation around priority areas of the rivers. The re-establishment of riparian vegetation will provide wildlife habitat, buffer nutrients and fertilisers, reduce incidence of algae blooms, reduce erosion and sedimentation issues, and improve water quality.

    Sites selected for restoration are priority sites as listed in the Swan-Canning Tributary Foreshore Assessment conducted by the Swan River Trust (2008), in addition to being Rutherfurd priority categories.

    Investment: $ 47 415
    In-kind contribution: $ 67 500
    Delivery organisation: Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council
    Project duration: July 2011 - December 2012
    Location: Kadina Brook (Shire of Kalamunda), Coulston Reserve (Shire of Mundaring), Harridean wetland (City of Swan)

    Major project achievements

    • Riparian vegetation was improved at three priority sites; Kadina Brook, Coulston Reserve and Harridean Wetland through:

    - Volunteer planting and hand weeding
    - Spraying of weeds
    - Photo monitoring

    Lessons Learnt

    • Communication and collaboration between government agencies, volunteers and local councils will ensure success of the projects.

    Project partners

    East Metropolitan Regional Council; Shire of Kalamunda; Shire of Mundaring; Western Australian Planning Commission; Lower Helena Association; Woodbridge Primary School; Friends of Kadina Brook.

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