Five of Australia’s most iconic waterways were granted $9.3 million from the National Landcare Program phase one. The River Torrens, Swan-Canning, Yarra and Tamar Rivers and Tuggerah Lakes all received support to help clean up these habitats and improve water quality.
The Yarra River received $0.95 million over 4 years (2014-15 to 2017-18) that contributed to the installation of floating litter traps and educational activities targeting Melbournians on practical actions to prevent pollution entering waterways and stormwater systems.
The River Torrens Recovery Program received $1 million over 2 years (2014-15 to 2016-17) that contributed to revegetation, river bank stabilisation and to reduce sediments, as well as increasing community awareness of river health improvements.
The Swan-Canning River Recovery Program received $1 million over 2 years (2014-15 to 2015-16) that supported weed eradication, local education and practical community action.
The Tamar River Clean–up Program received $3 million over 3 years (2014-15 to 2016-17) that tackled sediment problems, reduced nutrient run-off and improved wastewater management.
The Tuggerah Lakes Estuary Management Plan received $3.25 million over 3 years (2014-15 to 2016-17) that improved the water quality of the Tuggerah Lakes estuary by expanding the upgrade of stormwater treatment zones, helped with the removal of sediment and other organic matter and replaced gross pollutant traps.