Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions

The Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions has the primary responsibility on behalf of the people of Western Australia, for the environmental protection and conservation of the Swan Estuary Marine Parks and adjacent A-class Nature Reserves at Alfred Cove, Milyu and Pelican Point.

SERAG Inc works closely with DBCA on restoration projects within the three areas by organizing volunteers for weeding and planting days, by applying for and managing grants from various Government and non-government bodies for recovery projects, and by liaising with other volunteer organisations and corporate sponsors. SERAG helps bring all of these elements together to continue this vital conservation work.

City of Melville, City of South Perth and City of Perth

There are several small but vitally important remnant bushland areas abutting each of the three Nature Reserves and the adjacent foreshore areas of the Swan River Estuary. These are the responsibility of the local government authority in which these lands are situated. Hence foreshore and parks near Milyu are the responsibility of the City of South Perth, those near Alfred Cove are the responsibility of the City of Melville and those adjacent to Pelican Point are the responsibility of the City of Perth.

All these local government authorities have produced environmental management plans or strategies, which aim to protect the conservation values of these foreshore and adjacent bushland areas. In many cases the land areas are part of Bush Forever Sites.

The City of South Perth contains approximately 11 kms of Swan River Estuary foreshore of which 3 kms lie within the Milyu A-class Nature Reserve.  The City of South Perth supports DBCA in maintaining and restoring Milyu. Main Roads Department is also involved with respect to the run-off from road drains that empty onto the foreshore, as well as for the bicycle path which marks the boundary of Milyu along the length of the freeway. As with the other A-class Nature Reserves, restoration necessarily involves extensive erosion control.

SERAG has already been working closely with City of Melville on some of their bushland areas within Bush Forever Site 331.  In the case of the Swan River Estuary itself, the City of Melville has responsibility for 11 of the 18 kilometres of river foreshore within their boundary, and DBCA the remaining 7 kilometres.

Pelican Point and the adjacent Matilda Bay Reserve lie within the City of Perth boundaries, and are managed by DBCA. Together with JH Abrahams Reserve, these areas comprise Bushland Forever Site 402. 

Swan River Trust

The Swan River Trust is a State Government Agency with the responsibility of managing and protecting the Swan Canning Riverpark. The Agency is responsible to the Minister for the Environment, and works in partnership with other State government agencies, local government authorities, with industry and with community.

Since its establishment in 1989, Swan River Trust has focused on maintaining and improving the environmental health of the Swan Canning Riverpark with scientific, technical and administrative staff provided by the Department of Environment and Conservation.  Its role is both regulatory and advisory with respect to the health of the river system, through scientific studies and advice, and development of policies and programs.

The body is now integrated with DBCA.

It has developed programs to engage community and schools in the ongoing management of the Riverpark, such as the River Guardians.

Natural Resource Management (NRM)

The State Natural Resource Management Office was established by the State Government as a whole of Government unit with the responsibility of managing the delivery of Commonwealth and State funding for natural resource management.

The Australian Government's Environmental Restoration funding and the State NRM funding are the two major funding sources overseen by the State NRM office.

The NRM supports planning and policy development and is involved in key project implementation with respect to the State’s natural resources. It maintains close relationships with community based NRM groups and with community and industry groups involved with natural resource management.


Other Partners

SERAG enjoys positive relationships with other organisations with supportive and complementary objectives. 

We often host corporate volunteers on behalf of Landcare Australia, and have developed extended recovery programs involving student volunteers from both The University of Western Austalia and Curtin University. 

Collaborations with community-based organisations with similar values - such as Wirambi Landcare and other 'Friends of ' groups - are also highly productive and greatly appreciated.

Our membership of peak organisations such as the Conservation Council of Western Australia, the Urban Bushland Council and BirdLife Australia enables the sharing of important and relevant environmental information, to benefit and support the natural values of the Swan River Estuary.