part of the solution
 
a boost for WA’s much-loved rivers 
Nearly 40 community environmental groups have been given a helping hand to restore and rejuvenate the land around the Swan and Canning Rivers in WA, thanks to the Swan Alcoa Landcare Program (SALP). 
 
Last month, SALP distributed close to $600,000 in community grants which will be invested in over 70 on-ground rehabilitation and revegetation projects, including: foreshore, wetland and bushland restoration, the building of drains for living stream projects, and the creation of bushland corridors.
 
SALP is a three-way partnership. WA Environment Minister Donna Faragher said: “The enduring strength of the program is evident in the partnership between the Swan River Trust, Alcoa of Australia and Perth Region Natural Resource Management.”
 
“Each year hundreds of volunteers take time out of their busy lives to protect Western Australia’s rivers and make a difference through these projects.
 
“As a result of this dedication, we are seeing improvements to the land surrounding the rivers and improved water quality entering them.”
 
Perth Region Natural Resource Management Chairman, Mr Colin Heinzman said: “Now in its eleventh year, SALP has made possible over 800 projects across the metropolitan area.”
 
At a celebration event for the grant recipients, Managing Director Alan Cransberg acknowledged the tireless efforts of the SALP volunteers.
 
“Rehab and conservation is something I can particularly relate to because of Alcoa’s own mining rehabilitation work - which has been recognised as world class.  Because of this experience, I appreciate how difficult and time consuming the rehab process is and the dedication that it requires,” he said.
 
“In years to come, I want to be able to look my kids in the eye, and be able to tell them that I took steps and was serious about finding solutions to climate change and sustainability.  I know that all of the community volunteers involved in SALP will be able to do the same.”
 
SALP is a working example of government, industry and community coming together for a common purpose.


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Swan River Trust's Dr Jane Chambers, Environment Minister Donna Faragher, grant recipient Alan Prowse of Boya Trail & Alan Cransberg



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SALP volunteers work tirelessly to protect WA's rivers



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Alcoa Inc Executive Vice President Bernt Reitan was impressed with the work of the SALP volunteers during a visit to Australia last year