Covering 65 square kilometres, the City of Canning actively manages 42 natural wetland, river and bushland sites ranging from 0.2 to 40 hectares in size.

These natural areas are considered key assets of the City as they provide beautiful places for the community to visit and enjoy, offer protection to remnant vegetation communities, provide a habitat for a wide variety of wildlife and help to sustain important ecological functions and processes.

Some of the most important natural areas within the City include:

  • Bannister Creek
  • Canning River Regional Park
  • McDowell Street Bushland
  • Queens Park Bushland and
  • Shelley Rossmoyne Foreshore.

Local Biodiversity Strategy

At its Ordinary Council Meeting 19 June 2018, Council endorsed its Local Biodiversity Strategy. The strategy outlines a 20 year action plan for the protection and strategic management of natural areas in the City. The actions include:

  • Improved provisions for biodiversity in the City’s local planning framework and their application in future land use decisions
  • Development of a Strategic Local Reserve Management Plan
  • Development of a plan for restoration of natural areas in the City
  • Development of an incentive package to encourage vegetation retention and increased use of local plants in landscaping by developers and private landholders
  • Continued support to community volunteers engaged in bushland restoration activities
  • Mainstreaming consideration of biodiversity within all City Programs and adopting a communication strategy that engages all government and community stakeholders.

The document can be downloaded here.

Street Tree Strategy

This strategy acknowledges that the City of Canning was assessed in 2014 as having the third lowest canopy cover of 29 Perth metropolitan local governments. Infill development contributes to the loss of private vegetation and street trees. The City can help address the need to increase canopy cover by conserving the existing trees and planting more trees in public spaces under its control. The Street Tree Strategy, in conjunction with the City's Local Biodiversity Strategy (2018), will be a key element in implementing the Urban Forest Strategy (2019), with the ultimate aim of defining targets and increasing the percentage of tree canopy cover across the City.

The document can be downloaded here

You can learn more about how the City of Canning manages and protects the environment by browsing the links below, visiting the City’s Canning River Eco Education Centre (CREEC) or coming along to the City’s next conservation and environment event.

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