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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!

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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. 

Dolphin Watch Annual Report 2015 -16

The Dolphin Watch Annual Report 2015 -16 is available online.  

What we know now is that dolphin 'hotspots' in the rivers change with the season!
You can spot dolphins frequently in Melville Water near the Narrows Bridge in autumn and winter.
In contrast, the entrance to the Canning River is used relatively consistently throughout the year.

With eight years of dolphin monitoring under our belt, the Dolphin Watch project is helping scientists to learn more about our resident community of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins.

Catch up on the discoveries from the research scientists and our team of citizen scientists in the latest Annual Report here.