Helena River Catchment Group

The Helena River Catchment covers approximately 58,200 ha within three local governments; the Shire of Kalamunda, the Shire of Mundaring and the City of Swan and has three sub-catchments

  • Upper Helena Catchment (UHC), above Mundaring Weir;
  • Middle Helena catchment (MHC), between Mundaring Weir and the Pipehead Dam; and
  • Lower Helena catchment (LHC), 4,515 ha between the Pipehead Dam and the confluence with the Swan River in Guildford. (link  Helena River Catchment Map)

 

The Helena River Catchment Group (HRCG) was founded in 1997 with the aims of promoting and facilitating biodiversity conservation and works predominantly within the LHC.

The HRCG works by lobbying, contributing to committees and working groups, acting as a liaison point for ‘friends’ groups, developing partnerships with other organisations and directly undertaking on-ground work. The HRCG has a core of dedicated committee members, backed up by a large number of associates who are called on for advice or labour when needed.

Aims

The HRCG has identified the following aims, which guide their efforts;

  1. Support and encourage management of the environment, on all land tenures, such that the native flora, fauna and fungi are at least maintained and at best enhanced.
  2. Support actions which maintain, or if possible improve, water quality in the catchment including and not limited to the streams and rivers.
  3. Encourage the management of recreational activities within the catchment such that they are compatible with environmental integrity.
  4. Encourage the protection of Aboriginal and European cultural heritage within the catchment.
  5. Manage other social and economic issues that may affect the way people live in and use the catchment.
  6. Encourage the provision of environmental education for all ages and interested groups.
  7. Encourage Catchment Group members to keep up to date with relevant issues.

 

Achievements

Since its formation, the HRCG’s activities have included; being involved in numerous planning issues (including being directly responsible for the initiation of the Department of Planning and Infrastructure’s - Middle Helena Land Use and Water Planning Study); and providing support for education institutions including at tertiary level; organising catchment tours as well as being directly associated with numerous on-ground projects.

Currently HRCG is involved with two large, on-going projects in the LHC:

  • Helena River Rehabilitation project (Pipehead Dam to Scott Street) – a 10-year project of weed removal and replanting which entered its final phase in 2012.  This project won the ‘Bush Land and Waterways’ section of the WA Environment Awards in 2009.

 

  • Lower Helena Wetland Restoration Project – rehabilitation of riverbank and floodplain wetlands in Woodbridge and South Guildford and contains 13 ongoing sites since 2007.  In 2011, with assistance and encouragement from the HRCG, the Lower Helena Association was formed, and when incorporated, this project will be turned over to them.

 

Involvement with Friends Groups

As an incorporated organisation, the HRCG acts as an umbrella group for smaller ‘friends’ groups within the catchment, holding grant moneys, ordering seedlings, assisting with working bees etc. Current Friends groups within the LHC boundaries are;

  • Friends of Elder Creek;
  • Friends of Darlington Brook ;
  • Friends of Quenda Creek;
  • Friends of Tillbrook Park.

 

HRCG also support the Lower Helena Association, which work between Military Road and the confluence with the Sawn River.

If you would like to contact with the Helena River Catchment Group please contact the Shire Eastern Hills Catchment Management Officer, on 9257 9999.The Eastern Hills is in a unique position with regard to landcare activities both on public and private land due to its enormous volunteer base. These groups perform on ground restoration and protection works all over the sub region. Although most Friends Groups work predominantly on Shire owned reserves, many catchment groups also focus on private property conservation works. These catchment groups provide local land owners with advice and support to restore and protect biodiversity and also how to gain external funding. The catchment groups have successfully linked private land holders together in projects that also link to Shire or DEC reserves.

 

The active catchment groups in the Shire of Kalamunda include the: 

 

 

Helena River Catchment Group

The Helena River Catchment covers approximately 58,200 ha within three local governments; the Shire of Kalamunda, the Shire of Mundaring and the City of Swan and has three sub-catchments

  • Upper Helena Catchment (UHC), above Mundaring Weir;
  • Middle Helena catchment (MHC), between Mundaring Weir and the Pipehead Dam; and
  • Lower Helena catchment (LHC), 4,515 ha between the Pipehead Dam and the confluence with the Swan River in Guildford. (link  Helena River Catchment Map)

 

The Helena River Catchment Group (HRCG) was founded in 1997 with the aims of promoting and facilitating biodiversity conservation and works predominantly within the LHC.

The HRCG works by lobbying, contributing to committees and working groups, acting as a liaison point for ‘friends’ groups, developing partnerships with other organisations and directly undertaking on-ground work. The HRCG has a core of dedicated committee members, backed up by a large number of associates who are called on for advice or labour when needed.

Aims

The HRCG has identified the following aims, which guide their efforts;

  1. Support and encourage management of the environment, on all land tenures, such that the native flora, fauna and fungi are at least maintained and at best enhanced.
  2. Support actions which maintain, or if possible improve, water quality in the catchment including and not limited to the streams and rivers.
  3. Encourage the management of recreational activities within the catchment such that they are compatible with environmental integrity.
  4. Encourage the protection of Aboriginal and European cultural heritage within the catchment.
  5. Manage other social and economic issues that may affect the way people live in and use the catchment.
  6. Encourage the provision of environmental education for all ages and interested groups.
  7. Encourage Catchment Group members to keep up to date with relevant issues.

 

Achievements

Since its formation, the HRCG’s activities have included; being involved in numerous planning issues (including being directly responsible for the initiation of the Department of Planning and Infrastructure’s - Middle Helena Land Use and Water Planning Study); and providing support for education institutions including at tertiary level; organising catchment tours as well as being directly associated with numerous on-ground projects.

Currently HRCG is involved with two large, on-going projects in the LHC:

  • Helena River Rehabilitation project (Pipehead Dam to Scott Street) – a 10-year project of weed removal and replanting which entered its final phase in 2012.  This project won the ‘Bush Land and Waterways’ section of the WA Environment Awards in 2009.

 

  • Lower Helena Wetland Restoration Project – rehabilitation of riverbank and floodplain wetlands in Woodbridge and South Guildford and contains 13 ongoing sites since 2007.  In 2011, with assistance and encouragement from the HRCG, the Lower Helena Association was formed, and when incorporated, this project will be turned over to them.

 

Involvement with Friends Groups

As an incorporated organisation, the HRCG acts as an umbrella group for smaller ‘friends’ groups within the catchment, holding grant moneys, ordering seedlings, assisting with working bees etc. Current Friends groups within the LHC boundaries are;

  • Friends of Elder Creek;
  • Friends of Darlington Brook ;
  • Friends of Quenda Creek;
  • Friends of Tillbrook Park.

 

HRCG also support the Lower Helena Association, which work between Military Road and the confluence with the Sawn River.

 

If you would like to contact with the Helena River Catchment Group please contact the Shire Eastern Hills Catchment Management Officer, on 9257 9999.

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