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The Hon Peter Garrett MP
Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts

The Hon Tony Burke MP
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Minister for Population

$2.5 million to improve water quality in the Swan and Canning Rivers

Media release
9 June 2010
PG/69

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Water quality in the Swan and Canning rivers will be improved thanks to a grant from the Australian Government.

Environment Protection Minister, Peter Garrett, and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke today announced that the Swan River Trust would receive $2.5 million over three years under the Caring for our Country initiative.

Mr Garrett said a range of activities would be funded to address the decline in water quality in the Swan and Canning rivers.

"The Swan Canning Water Quality Improvement Plan released in December 2009 identified the need to focus on reducing nutrient levels entering the river from the catchment," Mr Garrett said.

"The plan recommended increasing community understanding the education about factors like fertiliser efficiency, the construction of nutrient-stripping wetlands, the implementation of sub-catchment local water quality improvement plans and the inclusion of water sensitive design in new developments.

"In line with these recommendations, this project will engage and educate the community about the threats to water quality in the catchment and focus on long term water quality improvement and monitoring," Mr Garrett said.

Mr Burke said the Swan River Trust will address threats to environmentally important coastal hotspots impacted by poor water quality.

"This funding will support on-ground activities such as trialling treatments for soils with low phosphorus retention and providing an education and workshop program to help landholders use fertiliser most efficiently," Mr Burke said.

This new funding complements West Australian State Government natural resource management funding to implement the Swan Canning Water Quality Improvement Plan.

For more information on Caring for our Country visit www.nrm.gov.au .

Commonwealth of Australia