City secures funding for new riverside conservation project

Media Release 15 November 2023
South Perth Foreshore

The City of South Perth has secured over half a million dollars in State Government funding for a new riverside conservation project on the South Perth Foreshore. 

As part of the latest funding round of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ Swan Canning Riverpark Urban Forest program, the City will receive $602,35to create the Hurlingham Living Stream at Sir James Mitchell Park.  

With a total cost of $925,700, the project will convert the existing open Hurlingham Drain and part of the surrounding grass area into a planted living stream, improving the quality of water entering the Swan Canning Estuary and enhancing the park's amenity. 

A selection of native shrubs, rushes and sedges will be planted along the living stream to foster greater biodiversity in the area. 

City of South Perth Mayor Greg Milner welcomed the State Government’s announcement. 

With this generous funding, the City is taking significant steps to ensure cleaner, healthier water flows into the Swan River,” he said. 

The Hurlingham Living Stream project will not only improve water quality, but it will also create natural habitat for wildlife and enhance this very special part of our district for our community. 

The project aligns with the South Perth Foreshore Strategy and Management Plan, water sensitive urban design principles for the conversion of existing drains to ecosystems that mimic the characteristics of a natural stream and the State Governments Perth Water Buneenboro Locality Plan. 

The Swan Canning Riverpark Urban Forest program is part of the State Government's Kep Katitjin – Gabi Kaadadjan – Waterwise Perth Action Plan 2, which aims to establish Perth and Peel as leading waterwise communities by 2030.  

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