The Swan NRM Committee is the driving force for guiding the implementation of the Swan Region Strategy for Natural Resource Management. The Committee hosts 25 organisations across industry, government, research organisations, and the community. The Committee formed in 2013 to support and guide the development of the Strategy and Implementation Plan and will continue to do so for the next two years.
From this year, the Committee will be inviting technical knowledge holders and experts to discuss critical NRM challenges facing the region through a series of workshops and forums. Together our collective thoughts, ideas and actions can deliver responses to our shared challenges and build a resilient, responsive, and sustainable region.
With the cessation of the current Implementation Plan, the Committee will release a Swan NRM Report celebrating the NRM achievements from across the Swan Region. The Report will be available in December alongside the new Implementation Plan 2018-2020.
The Sediment Taskforce
In 2013 the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) (previously the Swan River Trust and the Department of Parks and Wildlife) and Perth NRM (PNRM) held a Drifting Sands Forum that highlighted the level of dissatisfaction from local government and community with poor practices in the building industry and their impact on infrastructure and the receiving environments. The Sediment Task Force was initiated by PNRM in 2014 to address the issues identified at the Drifting Sands Forum and through the Southern River Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP) Sediment and Erosion Project funded by DBCA. The Task Force is represented by the Housing Industry Association, Master Builders Association, Urban Development Industry of Australia, relevant local and state government departments and community groups.
Achievements for 2016/2017 include:
Coordination of year one of a collaborative project between the University of Western Australian (UWA), the Cooperative Research Centre and the Sediment Task Force into sediment runoff from building sites to determine the effective deposition rates of sediment for each phase for construction to inform construction behaviours;
Coordination of a collaborative research project with Edith Cowan University Protecting Perth’s Natural Environment: Local Government Response to the Issue of Erosion resulting from Urban Development;
Publication of the Regulation for Effective Sediment Management (for Local government) Infosheet and Taking Action to Control Sediment brochure and poster;
Participation in the Managing Sediment in the Swan Region seminar;
Article on sedimentation and the work of the Task Force published in the State NRM Newsletter;
Sediment management included in the Drainage for Liveability Program;
Sediment management a criterion for Master Builders Association’s Building Industry Awards;
Development of a Main Roads Draft Environment Work Instruction Erosion and Sedimentation Control and Monitoring and revision of the provisions of Main Roads Specification 204.
The focus of the Sediment Task Force for the coming year is to coordinate year two of the Sediment Research Project, finalise a draft criteria based assessment checklist for sediment management to guide Local Government and builders and to support a Working Group that has been established to review the EMRC sediment guidelines.
The Swan Alcoa Landcare Program
The Swan Alcoa Landcare Program (SALP) is a Community Landcare Grants Program managed by Perth NRM and funded by Alcoa of Australia and Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions . It aims to protect, restore and manage natural assets with consideration to a broad ecological context, by funding the community to enhance and restore critical habitat and ecological linkages within the Swan Region.
2017 has seen over $360,000 in grants awarded to 47 projects under SALP. Nineteen community action groups will undertake projects ranging from invasive weed control, restoring biodiversity, improving water quality in waterways and restoring areas of natural bush land.
As the SALP heads into it’s 20th year celebrations we look forward to supporting more community groups in their enhancement and restoration of our natural areas in the Perth area.