Who We Are
History of the Group
Origin of our Name
In the news
The Claise Brook Catchment Group (CBCG) is a community-based group working in
partnership with local government and state government agencies to address
natural resource management issues in the Perth inner city area.
The Group's activities take place within the catchments of the
Claise Brook Main Drain, the Perth CBD catchment which includes Perth City and
Lake Monger, and the smaller Walters Brook Catchment in Highgate/East Perth.
Some of our members at Robertson Park.
The objectives of the
Claise Brook Catchment Group are:
· Improved water quality, both surface and
groundwater, within the Claise Brook and CBD catchments.
· Restored wildlife habitat within the
Claise Brook and CBD catchments including the river foreshore.
· Raised community awareness about Natural
Resource Management (NRM) issues.
· Increased Community Involvement in NRM
decision making and activities.
We formed in
late 1997 following a public meeting called by Diana Warnock MLA. The meeting
reflected community concerns over algal blooms in Perth's wetlands and the lack
of wetland habitat in the inner city . Meeting participants also gave support to
the development of a Vincent Greenway.
meeting of the group was held on 9 December 1997 at which the focus issues of
water quality, community education, a Greenway Plan for the Catchment and
stormwater management were adopted. Since then the group has met regularly and
undertaken a number of significant projects in the
inner city area while also contributing to the consultative process for planning
and development issues pertinent to the group's objectives. The group was
officially incorporated on 15 January 1999.
forming, CBCG has established partnerships with the Water Corporation, Town of
Vincent, City of Perth, East Perth Redevelopment Authority and the Swan River
Trust among others. These partnerships have led to a number of successful
· The rehabilitation of
Smith's Lake, North Perth, and
· works on the constructed
wetland within Robertson Park, Perth
has supported a range of initiatives to raise awareness of the connection
between fertiliser use and nutrient enrichment of the Swan River under the
banner of Catchment Friendly Gardening and Grow Local Plants.
group is named after "Claise Brook" which existed as a free flowing stream until
the 1990s. Claise Brook no longer exists as a natural waterway and the major
features named after Claise Brook, such as the train station and the cove are
called “Claisebrook”. Even the catchment itself is based on a drainage system
around a Water Corporation Main Drain which is called the Claisebrook Main
While the stream
has been highly altered and now divides into an underground drain discharging
directly into the Swan River and a highly modified system where the drain water
is pumped uphill to emerge from the back of a tortoise sculpture from where the
water flows down an artificial channel, there is still a possibility of
restoring aspects of the natural Claise Brook watercourse in the future.
original name reinforces the notion that we are a group working in a water
drainage catchment, however altered, which does or could contain natural
features such as wetlands and streams and which shares the
same issues as any catchment, including the impact on water quality in receiving
waters, in our case the Swan River.
connection with the former wetlands and streams, most of which no longer exist,
is a significant source of inspiration to the catchment group and an important
means whereby we gain the interest and attention of the community.
Our logo features a
sedge-lined stream meandering between wetlands with the Perth city skyline in the
background. It was designed by Simon
Boyd Media Production.
The Claise Brook Catchment
Group is supported by funding from the
Swan River Trust, the
City of Perth
and receives funding for project funding from other agencies including the
Water Corporation and the
East Perth Redevelopment Authority.
the Swan River Trust through the Drainage Nutrient
Intervention Program supports
initiatives to liaise with stakeholders to improve water quality in the
catchment surrounding the Mounts Bay Drain. Swan
River Trust funding also assisted in the preparation of this website.
The City of
Perth provided funding for tours and on-ground
activities to give city residents and workers an
opportunity for hands-on involvement in urban
Corporation sponsors the prizes for the Catchment
Friendly Garden category in the Town of Vincent
Annual Garden Competition.
The Town of Vincent provides in-kind support through the Annual Garden
Competition, through the Grow Local Plants initiative and at Smith's Lake
and Robertson Park. The works at Smith's Lake and Robertson Park were also
supported by grants received through the
Swan Alcoa Landcare Program.
The development of the Grow Local Plants
Strategy was supported by a grant from the State Government through the
Perth Redevelopment Authority provided funding for
sustainable landscaping at Piazza Nanni,
The Claise Brook Catchment
Group thanks all our sponsors for supporting works to improve water quality
in the inner city catchments.
The group makes submissions on issues
of concern in the area. Click here to read
To read newspaper articles about our
activities visit the News page.
the 2005/2006 Annual Review
Download (pdf) the 2004/2005
Anyone with an interest is welcome to
attend meetings or join us on any of our
activities. There is
no membership fee. Volunteering is a rewarding experience where you can meet new
people, share your knowledge and skills and most importantly have fun!
to join our emailing list and receive regular updates on our activities.