Funding round opens for Riverbank foreshore program

The Riverbank Grants Funding round for 2020-21 is now open. The program protects and enhances the Swan and Canning river foreshores.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ (DBCA) Parks and Wildlife Service is inviting expressions of interest for foreshore stabilisation, restoration and improvement projects.

Objectives of the Riverbank Program are to:

  • protect and enhance riverbanks and shorelines to mitigate threats to environmental, recreational, aesthetic or cultural values
  • protect, enhance and manage fringing native vegetation and habitat; and
  • improve enjoyment of the foreshore by addressing risk to public amenity values, infrastructure and the environment.

Riverbank funding is supported by the Burswood Park Board and DBCA and is guided by river-wide condition assessments of foreshore assets and services such as built structures, natural shorelines, vegetation and the Swan Canning Riverpark’s public amenity. Since the Riverbank Funding program’s inception in 2002, the State Government has contributed more than $22.5 million to Riverbank projects.

This has been matched by riverside foreshore land managers (mainly local governments) across 294 project sites, and in total represents a $52 million investment in the health and amenity of the Riverpark.

Expressions of interest applications will close at 5pm on April 17, 2020. For more information, visit

The Swan Canning Riverpark, which supports a diverse array of plant and animal life, covers 72.1 square kilometres of river reserve and adjoining public lands. This beautiful waterway has an enduring connection to the Whadjuk Noongar people spanning some 40,000 years.