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Continuation of the Light Industry Program

Critical stakeholders from industry, government and community came together to hear the achievements of the Light Industry Program from the past two years. The results spoke for themselves and demonstrated impressive improvements in compliance rates across the seven local governments. The program has received funding for another year to continue their work across new locations […]

Swan NRM Committee meeting update

The Swan NRM Committee recently held their meeting at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. The Committee reviewed their past achievements and held a workshop for how the group will function in the future. The Committee will be more proactive in discussing and communicating the challenges and potential solutions facing regional natural resource management. […]

Combating Sediment Together

Facilitated by Perth NRM, the Sediment Task Force represents a collaborative approach to managing the issue of sediment. The Sediment Task Force encourages the development of solutions to prevent sediment run-off. The Sediment Task Force is funded by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. A multi-partisan group, it has representatives from leading housing industry groups, government agencies […]

The Settlement: Improving Noongar Heritage for years to come

The South West Native Title Settlement (the Settlement) is a comprehensive native title agreement comprising the full resolution of all native title claims in the South West of WA, in exchange for a range of benefits. It covers approximately 200,000 square kilometres and involves around 30,000 Noongar people. The Settlement represents a significant investment in […]

Emphasis on Achievements & Collaborations

The Swan NRM Committee works towards providing an integrated and holistic framework which protects and sustainably manages the natural resources on the Swan Region. The recent meeting held at the Water Corporation was evident of this with a range of presentations regarding collaborations to improve biodiversity research, the implementation of a system better equipped to […]

Swan Canning River Water Testing

The health and condition of the Swan and Canning Rivers are continually monitored by the Department of Park and Wildlife. They carry out environmental monitoring which focuses on water quality, foreshore condition, biological indicators and community benefit including visitor satisfaction and community use. The aim of the testing is to track trends and monitor oxygen […]

Booyi Program: Awareness raising at its finest

Strategy stakeholders recently completed an Implementation survey and results revealed that many organisations conducted their work in the action area of Awareness, Participation and Capacity Building. One of the standout projects from the survey is the Booyi Cultural Program run by SERCUL and the Yelakitj Moort Noongar Association. It is an interactive educational program bringing […]

Swan Strategy helps with grant applications

Do you apply for funding grants for environmental projects? Did you know the Swan Region Strategy adds credibility to your project if it aligns with objectives outlined in the Strategy? Funding suppliers including the State NRM office and the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC) often look for projects which work to achieve […]

Collaboration: the first step to an improved drainage network for Perth

Community has demanded the need for a more liveable environment which includes the drains and drainage basins which are interlaced throughout our suburbs. The Department of Water and the Water Corporation have come together to work towards reframing drainage to meet the needs of the community. The Water Corporation’s principle role is to supply water, […]

Highlights from Meeting 13

The final Swan NRM Committee meeting for 2016 was held on December 14th at the WA Local Government Association (WALGA). Two guest speakers, Kath Broderick the Executive Officer for NRM WA and Tim Sparks from the Department of Water – both brought interesting topics to the table. Kath discussed the role of NRM WA on […]

Meeting 12 Highlights Need for Continual Renewal and Development in the City Areas

The September Swan NRM Committee meeting was held at the Department of Parks and Wildlife Office in Kensington also the home of the Western Australian Herbarium. Here we discussed the topics of greenfield development, urban forests and the role of the State NRM Office. Sean Scaife started the meeting by sharing how the Metropolitan Redevelopment […]

Greening our City

The City of Perth aims to create a more liveable city, promote community health and manage the effects of climate change. This is all possible via their Urban Forest Plan which has been developed to assess the current health of the urban forest and then to create more green infrastructure within the city. An urban […]

WABSI putting Western Australia’s Biodiversity as a state priority

Western Australia by virtue of its climatic diversity, ancient and nutrient impoverished soils and long periods with no glaciation, has a globally unique and vast biodiversity characterised by significant endemism. The state is home to a global biodiversity hotspot, only 1 of 34 in the world, in the South West of WA. A biodiversity hotspot […]

New member for WALGA joins the committee

We welcome Nicole Matthews to the Swan NRM Committee who replaces Julia Beijeman from WALGA. Nicole is the newly appointed Environmental Policy Manager at the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA). She started her career as an economist in the Commonwealth Public Sector and now has over 20 years’ experience as a senior policy advisor […]

The MRA hosts Committee Meeting 11

The June Swan NRM Committee meeting was hosted by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) in the historic Railway Institute Building, near the new St John of God hospital and the rapidly developing railway workshops, in Midland. The workshops were once a centre for social and community life for generations of workers until their closure in […]

New representative highlights need for healthy open spaces

We welcome Craig Carpenter who replaces Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard as the representative from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA). Craig received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 2003 from the University of Western Australia and has been an AILA member since 2007. During this time he spent a year living in the Netherlands where […]


We regret to announce that Greer Gilroy has left Perth NRM to join the Water Corporation in a policy planning role. Greer has played a vital role in developing and driving the Strategy and we wish her the very best.  We hope to see her contributing to the committee once again in the future. We […]

United Nations Sustainability Development Goals

In September last year, 193 member states met at the United Nations in New York and agreed upon the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which provides a roadmap for global development efforts into 2030 and beyond. It is a highly influential document which contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which succeed the Millennium Development Goals, […]

New representative, Suzanne Brown, has a passion for working with the community to improve river health

Suzanne Brown is the newly appointed Manager of Drainage and Waterways at the Water Corporation. This is a new role. Originally a civil engineer, she also has a masters in environmental impact assessment and has worked in Perth and overseas as an engineer, always in the “water” field. Suzanne has spent the last twenty years […]

Momentum builds for the greening of Australian cities

“Green infrastructure is more than just trees. It is also a retail strategy, a biodiversity strategy, a public domain strategy, water management strategy and a social equity strategy”. “It’s more than just canopy cover or water; it’s everything that goes under that umbrella of creating healthier cities.” (AILA National President, Daniel Bennett). AILA was warmly […]

A fond adieu

Many thanks go to Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard, representative from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. Sara has accepted a permanent lecturer position at University of NSW in Sydney and we wish her the best of luck. We would also like to thank Ray Froend (ECU) and Mike Andrews (Water Corporation) for their previous involvement in […]

Planning for Perth’s future

March’s Swan NRM Committee meeting provided an opportunity for the Committee to delve deeper into a future vision for Perth. Our Department of Agriculture and Food (WA) representative, Rod Safstrom, took the Committee on a journey to the future by sharing his vision of what needs to be done today to ensure food security for […]

An update from the Chair

Following the preceding two years’ work that culminated in the public launch of the Swan Region Strategy (http://www.swanregionstrategy.com.au) in December 2015, the Swan NRM Committee’s focus has moved from overseeing and contributing to the review and rework of the Strategy, to facilitating the implementation of the revised strategy. The Committee has two working groups actively […]

Water and wetlands specialist joins the Swan NRM Committee

Water and wetlands, land management and human health and well-being: a cluster of interests for Professor Pierre Horwitz who joins us from Edith Cowan University (ECU). Pierre has recently completed a two-term (six years) stint with the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands where he worked with other international agencies (WHO and Convention on Biological Diversity) to […]

Swan NRM Committee meet to celebrate the launch of the Strategy

December’s meeting was met with great anticipation as it was also a celebration of the launch of the Swan Region Strategy for NRM 2015-2020. This exciting milestone represents the culmination of many years of hard work and dedication by Swan NRM Committee members, both current and previous. A highlight of December’s meeting was our two […]

Peri-urban Perth requires better planning

A study released in November 2015 by Regional Development Australia Perth (RDA) and Curtin University has highlighted the need for distinct recognition of the peri-urban region of Perth to support industry, innovation and tourism opportunities to drive business investment and jobs growth.   The 2015 Briefing Paper Perth’s Rural Diversification Planning Strategy – Growing Peri-Urban […]

Grant recipients to help create Living Landscapes

Enhancing and restoring critical habitat for 20 nationally threatened species was the focus last week when Perth NRM awarded $720,000 in grant funding to seven outstanding community projects. The projects will protect priority flora, fauna and wetlands, including the Western Swamp Tortoise, Chuditch, Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo and Curved Leaf Grevillea, as well as seven threatened […]

Green Growth Plan released for public comment

The Perth and Peel regions are projected to grow to 3.5 million people by 2050 – an increase of almost 70 per cent on our current population. Supporting this growth and delivering an efficient and liveable city while protecting our unique natural environment is a significant challenge. The State Government has prepared the draft Perth […]

Swan Canning River Protection Strategy

Perth’s much-loved Swan and Canning rivers will remain vibrant and accessible for all West Australians under a new State Government strategy. The Swan Canning River Protection Strategy has been developed in partnership with 21 local government authorities, State Government agencies, NRM groups and extensive community consultation. Implementation of the Swan Canning River Protection Strategy is […]

Swan Region Strategy for NRM goes live

The Swan NRM Committee are pleased to announce that the Swan Region Strategy for Natural Resource Management and Implementation Plan have been finalised. This is the culmination of a region-wide consultation process that has drawn upon the knowledge and expertise of representatives from government, community, industry and research institutions, as well as members of the Swan NRM […]

Introducing Sean Scaife, our newest Committee representative

Sean is the Manager of Redevelopment Strategy at the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and is an experienced project manager and urban planner. Sean’s focus at the MRA is the identification of new projects that maximise the benefits to State and embed the authority’s Redevelopment Area Objectives into all projects. One of the six objectives is Environmental […]

Minister for Cities and a One Planet Council

It is vital that our cities are well planned, serviced with world class digital and physical infrastructure and environmentally sustainable so they continue to grow as economic assets into the future. -Malcolm Turnbull, 20 September 2015.   In late September, Malcolm Turnbull announced the appointment of the Honourable Jamie Briggs MP as the first Federal […]

Swan NRM Committee meets on the banks of the Canning

September’s meeting of the Swan NRM Committee (SNRMC) was held at the Canning River Eco Education Centre. The picturesque surrounds at the centre once again served as the perfect setting for a discussion about Perth’s unique natural assets. In his first meeting as newly appointed Chairperson, Peter Nash welcomed new committee member Dr Tina Runnion […]

Thank you to Outgoing Committee Members

The Swan NRM Committee would like to express its gratitude to outgoing Committee members Marko Pasalich, (Department of Environment Regulation), Gary Wilkinson, (Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority), Shaun Meredith (Department of Fisheries) and Phil Shaw (Department of Fisheries) for their valuable contribution to the Swan NRM Committee.

Peter Nash accepts the baton from Garry English

Peter Nash has taken up the position of Chairperson of the Swan NRM Committee following the recent retirement of the inaugural Chairperson, long-time NRM advocate, Landcare pioneer and Esperance farmer, Garry English.   Garry accepted the position of Chairperson of the Swan NRM Committee following its formation in late 2013 and ably led the Committee as it […]

Introducing our Newest Committee Member, Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard

Sara is a Registered Landscape Architect, recently elected National Board Member and immediate past President of the WA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA). For the past seven years, she has also taught across design, history-theory and research units at the University of Western Australia in the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and […]

Peter Nash Appointed as Swan NRM Committee Chair

Following our recent call for nominations, Perth NRM is pleased to announce that we have appointed Peter Nash as the new Chair of the Swan NRM Committee.   Peter has been an active member and supporter of the committee since its establishment in December 2013 and has a comprehensive understanding of the potential for the strategy and […]

The Committee farewells Chairman

Garry English, the Chair of the Swan NRM Committee since its establishment in December 2013, has decided it is time to hand over the mantle. With a wealth of knowledge and experience in the natural resource management sector, Garry has helped to steer the direction of new Swan Region Strategy for NRM and build the […]

The Committee meets at Curtin

The Swan NRM Committee held their most recent meeting at Curtin University on the 10th June. A key focus of the  meeting was the Strategy’s Implementation Plan which is currently under development. So where is the Implementation Plan up to? The Implementation Working Group has identified fifteen priority actions across the four Action Areas (Leadership, […]

Who commented?

The Strategy received a suite of comments and submissions from individuals, groups and organisations. This process has reflected the breadth of knowledge and experience that is out there in the region. A total of 43 submissions were received and can be categorised as shown: The majority of submissions expressed their support for the Strategy and […]

Overcoming barriers to prioritisation

The Canning River made a picturesque backdrop for this year’s first Swan NRM Committee on Wednesday the 11th of March.Members were keen to discover the findings from the public comment process for the draft Swan Region Strategy and hear the voice from the community and stakeholders. Committee members were pleased to hear that the Strategy […]

Stakeholders identify priority actions

When you have a high level, big picture strategy like the Swan Region Strategy for NRM, implementation planning is a critical step in the process to ensure you zone in on the most important activities that have the potential to deliver the greatest benefits. It is also an opportunity to assess which actions are relatively […]

Final call for comment!

There is only one week left until the end of the public comment period for the Draft Swan Region Strategy for NRM. If you have not submitted your comments, be sure to provide them prior to 5:00pm on the 6th February 2015. Submissions can be made online, via email strategyreview@perthregionnrm.com or by post: Perth Region […]

Biodiversity program receives top honour

The WA Local Government Association’s Local Biodiversity Program received top honours at the Planning Institute of Australia, WA 2014 Awards for Planning Excellence last Friday. The Local Biodiversity Program received the Hard Won Victory category. Judges commended WALGA for establishing biodiversity as a valid planning consideration. WALGA President Mayor Troy Pickard said the award recognised the Association’s […]

In focus: Knowledge, research and adaptive management

Over the last few months we have introduced the four Action Areas of the new Strategy through the In Focus series. In this fourth and final instalment, we will be exploring Knowledge, research and adaptive management. In case you missed previous editions, the Action Areas are: • Leadership, coordination and governance • Asset protection and […]

Community sessions

The launch of the Draft Swan Region Strategy was supported by two community information sessions and one local government session held in early December. All three sessions were well attended and discussion was lively. The sessions were an opportunity for community members and key stakeholders to find out more about the Draft Strategy and also […]

Draft Strategy has been released

The Draft Swan Region Strategy has now been released for public comment. As custodian of the Strategy, Perth Region NRM has been working with a range of individuals and organisations over the past 18 months to review and update the Strategy. The new Strategy builds on the strong foundation of the 2004 Strategy and translates […]

Recognition of culture and integration of practice

The Whadjuk People of the Noongar Nation have lived on and had a cultural connection to the Swan Region for over 40,000 years. As a result of historical policies that have disconnected Aboriginal people from the land, the Noongar community have limited access and opportunity to work on Country, participate in natural resource management or maintain […]

In focus: Awareness, Participation and Capacity Building

This month’s Action Area in focus is Awareness, Participation and Capacity Building. This Action Area acknowledges the critical role of people in effective natural resource management. The protection and sustainable use of the region’s natural assets can only be achieved if individuals and organisations take active steps towards a more sustainable future. As the custodians […]

Translating vision into action

Effective natural resource management requires collaboration and partnerships, particularly in a stakeholder rich environment like Perth. The need for a collaborative approach was echoed at the Swan NRM Strategy Implementation Working Group meeting held on the 13th of October. The Working Group has the task of translating the natural resource management priorities for the region […]

In focus: Asset Protection and Sustainable Use

This month’s Action Area in focus is Asset Protection and Sustainable Use. Asset protection and sustainable use is about ensuring our current management practices do not jeopardise the ability of future generations to enjoy and benefit from the region’s natural assets. Whether natural assets are set aside within the conservation reserve or used sustainably for […]

Mapping future climate change

The Planning for Climate Change project has finished the MCAS-S analysis. Perth Region NRM would like to thank all those who participated and helped to make the process a success. Simon Neville from Ecotones, who facilitated the workshops, will now finalise the maps and write an accompanying report that will describe each component, its purpose […]

Swan NRM Committee Update

The Swan NRM Committee converged on the Canning River Eco Education Centre (CREEC) on the 10th of September for their third meeting of the year. The Canning River Regional Park provided the perfect backdrop for members to exchange ideas and information and catch up on what’s been happening across the region. The top item on […]

On their MERI way

August has been a busy month for the Strategy team with the delivery of two Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement (MERI) Workshops for the Strategy. The workshops were developed and facilitated by Clear Horizon, an organisation with extensive experience in developing MERI plans. Developing a MERI plan can be a rather intensive, complex and demanding […]

In Focus: Leadership, Coordination and Governance

The Strategy consists of four key action areas, each with a set of strategic priorities to provide focus and guide implementation. They are: Leadership, Coordination and Governance Asset Protection and Sustainable Use Awareness, Participation and Capacity Building Knowledge, Research and Adaptive Management In the coming months, before the release of the draft Strategy, we will […]

Uniqueness of a city

Perth is a rapidly growing city grappling with the demand for housing and development on one hand and the need to protect unique natural assets on the other. Many cities and nations around the world are eagerly promoting their achievements in creating or retro fitting their urban settings to improve their environmental sustainability and liveability. […]