We are pleased to announce that Chevron has renewed their partnership with Conservation Volunteers Australia for a further two years over 2015 – 16. CVA, Chevron and the Swan River Trust have a longstanding partnership together named the River and Catchment Restoration Program.
River and Catchment Restoration Program
Beginning in 2011, the program has been running successfully for four years and has just been renewed at the beginning of 2015 for a further 2 years.
Over recent decades, the health of Perth’s waterways and their bushland catchments is a growing issue as agricultural, urban and industrial pollution, urban encroachment, habitat loss and public litter take their toll on rivers, wetlands, lakes and their surrounding bushlands. Signs of environmental stress are showing in these habitats and the chains of natural life they sustain.
The River and Catchment Restoration program has engaged thousands of community volunteers and Chevron employees in hundreds of successful days of on-ground river and catchment conservation activities. The duration of the River and Catchment Restoration program of the last four years has enabled citizens of Perth to tackle and complete important conservation and rehabilitation projects what would otherwise be beyond their capacity.
Activities undertaken by volunteers within the A Class Reserves and other key sites are varied and extensive and have included native tree, sedge and bushland planting on banks, wetlands and in catchments, weeding of invasive foreign species from native habitats, erosion control, water testing, native species seed collection for plant propagation, rubbish removal and surveying direct seeding into the ground, mulching, waterbird habitat and feeding & nesting ground enhancement and fish nursery enhancement.
The program beyond 2015
Now in an exciting renewal of the River and Catchment Restoration program in 2015, it can continue to improve the health of Perth’s Swan-Canning Riverpark and the surrounding bushland catchments through two important and complementary components – CARE and ACT. The program directly supports the Swan River Trust’s Healthy River Action Plan, protecting and enhancing local flora, fauna by engaging in hands on conservation activities.
Community Action for River Enhancement
This part of the program is harnessing human energy to complete important conservation projects at priority sites throughout the catchment area. It will continue to engage thousands of community volunteers and Chevron employees alike in urgent river conservation projects.
Aboriginal Conservation Training
This aspect is delivering in-field training and certified qualifications to Aboriginals seeking employment pathways in conservation management. Now entering its second year, this program seeks to create employment opportunities for Indigenous people, reconnect them with culture and land, develop life skills and contribute to the health of the Swan Canning River Park. The Swan and canning Rivers are significant sites for Noongar people, having a high cultural value. Participants learn through in-field training and gain experience on hands-on river conservation projects throughout the Swan-Canning Catchment area.
The Program is a powerful community environmental force that is exceeding all expectations in both CARE and ACT components. Since the launch in 2011, Chevron has celebrated two major milestones; surpassing 10,000 volunteer hours and 1,500 employees engaged in the program. The achievement reinforces Chevron’s national position as CVA’s largest corporate volunteering workforce. Over the entire 5 years (2011-14), this program has delivered over 8,000 volunteers, contributing around 60,000 hours of waterway and catchment bushland rehabilitation!
The huge amount of river and catchment restoration being achieved is vital for the ongoing health of Perth’s waterways and catchments.