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Sound Science in the Swan - "What's that sound?' - FREE seminar

Sound travels well in water and, as a result, the underwater world can be a bustling place full of amazing sounds, like dolphin whistles, fish grunts and boat engine roars. The Swan River is no exception. Aquatic animals often use sound as their primary sensory system and predominant form of communication, while humans use sound to explore the underwater environment and also often produce noise as a by-product of our other activities. The Centre for Marine Science and Technology at Curtin University has been working in underwater acoustics for over 30 years with multiple studies in the Swan River, both to investigate components of the ecosystem and to develop techniques for use in more complex environments.

If you would like to know what a dolphin hears when it’s being overtaken by a hasty vessel, or listen to a group of mulloway play a game of ‘who can shout the loudest?’, please come along to the Pan Pacific Hotel on the 20th November to play ‘What’s that sound?’ with the rest of us.

The speakers:
Dr. Miles Parsons is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Marine Science and Technology focussed on the use of acoustic techniques to study fish aggregations and the impacts of sound on marine species.
Dr. Iain Parnum is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Marine Science and Technology focussed on acoustic remote sensing of the underwater environment.
Dr. Sarah Marley is the latest doctoral graduate from the CMST group. Winner of the inaugural Asia-Pacific Three-minute thesis competition, Sarah has communicated her work on dolphin communication in the Swan River and Roebuck Bay to the public all around the world.

Seminar Details:
Monday. 20 November 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm AWST
Pan Pacific Hotel, 207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, WA 6000


Applications for Community Rivercare Program Funding Grants are open!

Are YOU passionate about your patch?

The Swan and Canning rivers and their major tributaries are focal features of Perth’s landscape. They are prized for their natural values, recreational opportunities and cultural and social importance.

If you're a community volunteer group helping to improve water quality and conservation in the Swan and Canning rivers then this is for you!

Funding information 

River Guardians Photography Competition 2017

Enter now for your chance to win one of $3500 worth of prizes with the winning photograph being showcased on the cover of LANDSCOPE magazine.

All you have to do is submit an image of what you love about the Swan and Canning Riverpark - it can be anything from dolphins, to having a picnic with your family on the foreshore, watching the sunset over the river or taking a cruise on a boat.

The competition is open to any WA amateur photographers.

Winning entry - Photo featured on the front cover of LANDSCOPE magazine; LANDSCOPE subscription, WA Naturally prizes and camera equipment. VALUE: $2000

Second place prize - LANDSCOPE subscription, WA Naturally prizes and camera equipment. VALUE: $1000

Third place prize - LANDSCOPE subscription, WA Naturally prizes and camera equipment. VALUE: $500

Entries close 30 November 2017. Winners will be announced 20 December 2017.

Reel It In - a fishing line bin project

Reel It In and make sure you dispose of your fishing line and tackle in one of the fishing line bins around the Riverpark.
If you would like to volunteer to help keep our rivers clean and wildlife safe, please email

Learn about dolphins!

#didyouknow there are 20-25 dolphins living in the Swan and Canning rivers?

Dolphin Watch volunteers and scientists from Murdoch and Curtin Universities have been studying them for quite some time.

Come and join us for an informative morning and learn all about the dolphins.
There are short videos, prizes to be won and you'll get to hear from the dolphin experts!

We will show you how you can help keep the rivers healthy for them.

This event is also an opportunity for anyone (16yrs and over) to become a Dolphin Watch volunteer.

Date: Saturday 5 August
Time: 9.30am -12noon
Venue: Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, 17 Dick Perry Avenue, Kensington.

Please REGISTER for the event.

Morning tea is provided!

NOTE: This event is for ages 16 years and over only.