Urban Waterways Renewal Project


On 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Administrative Arrangement Order made on 21 September 2015.

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Canning and Southern River, Perth WA

Total funding: Total project cost of $8.56 million, with funding of $4 million from the Australian Government under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns and the remaining funding provided by the Western Australian Department of Water.

About the project

The Urban Waterways Renewal (UWR) project involves refurbishment of existing drainage lines into living streams to improve water quality, environmental flows and provide potential for reuse in the Canning and Southern River region. Stormwater management plans will be developed to retrofit existing drainage systems and restoration of natural drainage features, as well as capacity building in local government to improve environmental management.

Project benefits

This project will:

  • reduce nitrogen and phosphorus in the Swan Canning River System
  • convert existing urban drainage lines into living streams and by improving water retention and infiltration capabilities of compensation basins, stormwater quality will be improved and reuse potential created in these priority Canning catchments, and
  • be implemented through 11 sub-projects with priority actions identified in the Swan Canning Water Quality Improvement Plan and the local Water Quality Improvement Plans for Bannister Creek, Southern River and Bickley Brook catchments.


The project commenced in 2010 and is scheduled for completion in 2013.