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Swan Alcoa Landcare Program celebrates 15 years

In 1988 the Swan River Trust and Alcoa Landcare Program (SALP) was born. Fifteen years later and the unique partnership between Alcoa of Australia, the Swan River Trust and Perth Region Natural Resource Management has grown into one of Western Australia's longest running metropolitan environmental care programs.
 
In this time the program has funded more than 1000 projects across the Perth metropolitan area. By providing grants to community groups SALP has supported activities that protect surface and ground water and biodiversity in coastal, wetland, riparian and terrestrial vegetation sites. This has led to the improvement of Perth’s wetlands, creation of suburban recreational areas and restoration of native animal habitats.
 
The program has also helped make positive changes to people's lives, providing many local people with meaningful career paths culminating in senior roles with state and international environmental organisations.
 
Over the years, volunteers have generously contributed more than 155,000 hours of their time, worth about $3 million, to many on-ground activities. They have planted two million trees, revegetated almost 1800 hectares of degraded land and installed more than 5800 kilometres of fencing.
 
Alcoa of Australia’s Managing Director Alan Cransberg believes this community and volunteer involvement has played a key role in the success of SALP.
 
“Many volunteers have been with SALP since the start and the program’s success can be attributed to their commitment,” he said.
 
“A wetland restored, a piece of bush protected, a stretch of river streamlined, a drain transformed, a habitat created, an attitude changed and a vision shared – that’s their legacy.”
 
“Programs and processes come and go but it’s people that make a difference and at Alcoa we feel privileged to partner with such a dedicated group.” 
 
Alcoa is grateful for the opportunity to be a founding member in the SALP partnership and proudly recognises the contribution it has made to Western Australia.
 
2013 Funding Recipients 

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The Swan River Trust Alcoa Landcare Program celebrates 15 years of partnership.