What's on

The River Guardians program delivers a great range of fun and educational events to the community each year. Keep up to date with what’s happening around the Swan Canning Riverpark here.

The clean up will commence at 9am and finish at 12pm.

There will be a sign in sheet at each of the meeting points below. Here you can pick up bags and there will be a limited number of gloves (please remember to BYO):

North side: Bayswater Riverside Gardens, Clarkson Reserve, Bardon Park, Victoria Gardens
South Side: Hardey Park, Cracknell Park

Determine a target area for your litter collection. Kayakers are free to choose their own stretch. Below are some suggestions for walkers:

NORTH side:
*Under the Garratt Rd and Tonkin Hwy bridges
*Bayswater Riverside Gardens
*Peninsula Farm
*Section of the river in front of the Maylands Golf Course (kayaks/SUPs)
*Maylands Foreshore Reserve
*Bardon Park
*Banks Reserve
*Victoria Gardens

SOUTH side:
*Under the Garratt Rd and Tonkin Hwy Bridges
*Walking path that connects Gould Reserve with Garatt Road bridge
*Section of the river between Garratt Road bridge and Hardey Park (Kayaks/SUPs)
*Cracknell Park
*Under Windan Bridge
*Path alongside Optus stadium

There will be at least one rubbish collection point on each side of the river (exact locations to be advised).

At 12:00pm we'll debrief at Bardon Park in Maylands where there will be a sausage sizzle for all volunteers.

Please dress appropriately for the occassion and weather (sunscreen, hat and watershoes if you are kayaking).
You do not need to collect for the full 3 hours. If you plan to leave early you may deposit your rubbish at a collection point.

Thank you so much for dedicating your time to this cause!

Join scientists from DBCA and Murdoch University and learn about the Swan-Canning river system and the dolphins that call it home, including how to identify individuals using the rivers and estuary, and the behaviours you're observing.

By attending this event you'll become a fully trained Dolphin Watch volunteer and can report your observations using a simple smartphone app and help contribute to the research being undertaken on the Swan Canning Riverpark dolphin community. You'll also receive a free copy of the new edition of FinBook (8th edition) - an identification catalogue for dolphins observed in the Swan Canning Riverpark.

Come and mingle with like minded people who care about our environment and want to help protect our dolphins.

Registration and supper will be from 6 - 6.30pm and formalities will run from 6.30 - 8.00pm. Register here!

DBCA is partnering with the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council,City of Mandurah, Mandurah Cruises, Estuary Guardians and other community groups on the 25th of October to deliver the second annual Luca's Legacy clean-up event in Mandurah. 

In 2019 we ran the inaugural clean up event in Mandurah to commemorate the death of Luca, a resident dolphin in the Peel-Harvey Estuary that died from fishing line entanglement.

Unfortunately, discarded fishing line and other litter is still killing dolphins, seabirds and other wildlife. There are currently two dolphins in the Peel-Harvey Estuary suffering from fishing line entanglement - an adult female named River, and a calf named Brave.

Come and join the Mandurah community as we attempt to better last year's efforts when almost 200 people came down and helped collect and remove over 700kgs of litter!

Whether you live in Mandurah, Dawesville or anywhere in between, we have set up two Home Bases so that it's easy for you to get involved.

Read more about the event, including where the Home Bases are located here.

Pave the Way, is a community Clean-Up Event that has been running since 2014. Inspired by the award-winning photographer David Rennie, the event is designed to clean up the Coodanup Foreshore of litter, and pave the way for migratory shorebirds which arrive on the shorelines of the Peel-Yalgorup System at this time of year.

Participants will clean up the Coodanup foreshore and using citizen science techniques perform an audit of the rubbish collected. The data collected will later be entered into Tangaroa Blue’s Australian Marine Debris Database. The data helps us understand the level of litter contamination of a site, the main offending items of the litter and empowers the community to identify effective means to reduce the litter.

Gloves and bags will be provided. Please ensure you bring along your:

  • Reusable water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • A lunch token will be provided to all participants, for the food van of their choice.

This project is supported by the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

You can help the environment by getting involved in the Perth Waterbike Adventures’ Clean Up Our River event in Matilda Bay, Crawley in collaboration with the WA Parks Foundation, DBCA's River Guardians program, Keep Australia Beautiful (WA) and the Nedlands Lions Club.  We will target rubbish close to the shoreline, onshore and offshore where possible.  A free sausage sizzle will be provided by the Nedlands Lions Club volunteers for all participants, thanks to the WA Parks Foundation's Spring into Parks 2020.

Gather your friends and take part in the clean-up. It’s a great way to make an important difference to the health of the Swan River, and for the wildlife that we share it with.

To book your discounted Waterbike Adventure  and participate in this event, simply follow the steps below:

Click on this link https://perthwaterbikeadventures.rezdy.com/catalog/410837/1-hr-half-hour-hires

• Choose 30 min or 1 Hour Waterbike Hire
• Select 7th October 2020
• Use your Promo Code CleanRiverOct20 to obtain your discounts

Looking forward to having you join us, and contributing towards keeping our river clean at Matilda Bay Nature Reserve.

Thanks for helping #cleanourrivers!


These fun, informative and interactive workshops and are designed to teach us how sustainable gardening practices can save you time, money, water and angst, while also helping to attract birds and other wildlife to your gardens.

Josh will help set the scene at the beginning of each workshop and help participants understand the impact of excessive nutrients on the Swan Canning river system and the role that RiverWise gardeners can play in helping the rivers.