State Government's Foreshore Funding

Media Response 16 July 2010
South Perth Foreshore
Background: Environment Minister Donna Faragher has announced funding of $1.15million for to protect and rehabilitate the Swan and Canning river foreshores, including City of South Perth:

$195,000 – Restoration of a 400m section of river-wall south of Canning Bridge
 $27,000:  Shore stabilisation, revegetation, weed control and fencing of Milyu Nature Reserve.
Other projects for the City of South Perth:

$13,371 – Preparation of a foreshore erosion control and revegetation plan for Salter Point Lagoon
$10,334 –  Maintenance of Cloisters Reserve, South Perth.

Is the City satisfied with the level of commitment by the State Government?
Is the funding, in regards to the City of South Perth specifically, adequate?
How important is it to protect and rehabilitate the Swan and Canning river foreshore?
Does the City believe there are other local projects that deserve funding?
Please attribute the information below to City of South Perth Mayor, James Best:
The City of South Perth welcomes the announcement of $1.15M funding for 18 river foreshore projects, with three river borders to protect from storm events and the ravages of climate change, this is a topic that is always foremost in our minds.

The City will benefit from $245,700 worth of additional funding, which will help to mitigate the effects of erosion at Salter point Lagoon, shore stabilisation and revegetation at Milyu Nature Reserve, maintenance at Cloisters Reserve and repairing a 400m section of river wall near Canning Bridge. 

However, the amount provided is a mere fraction of the funding required to secure river borders against increasing flooding and storms. 

We are of the opinion that it is a far better approach to work on ongoing maintenance river wall repair and storm protection measures now, based on the environmental information available rather than wait for a flooding disaster or road collapse.    

The Swan and Canning Rivers are Perth’s topmost icons and all twenty-one river councils are working together to put river wall infrastructure on the state and federal agenda. 

This issue needs serious further consideration. There is no way local governments can independently fund the repairs and maintenance that is needed. It’s just not possible.

The City looks forward to working closely with the State Government, Western Australia’s 20 other river councils and the Swan River Trust, to ensure our rivers and shorelines are preserved for generations to come.

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