River blessings

River blessings

Rivergods Kayak Adventurers instructor Brittany, City of Canning mayor Paul Ng and Department of Parks and Wildlife officer Mark Thornley will all be at the blessing of the river celebration. Photograph – Kelly Pilgrim-Byrne.

Canning residents were invited to Shelley Beach foreshore park on Riverton Drive from 9am on January 15 to help celebrate the Canning River.

The City of Canning and Department of Parks and Wildlife are hosting the Blessing of the River event to help the community better realise the importance of caring for the Canning River.

A City of Canning spokeswoman said the Canning River was the heart of Canning and central to the city’s identity,” she said.

“The River offers residents an oasis of calm, with stunning scenery and options for outdoor activities for the whole family.

“The event recognised the importance role the River has played in the cultural and spiritual life of local Aboriginals, the Wadjuk.

“The Canning River is where the Wadjuk people lived, met, played and gathered food and future developments around the river would recognise the historical importance and its significance to the Aboriginal people today.

“The event promotes and partners with the Department of Parks and Wildlife to educate the community on caring for the Swan and Canning rivers.”      

The event is free; as are all the activities and workshops.

Activities include kayaking, eco stalls, community groups talks, workshops, and entertainers.

There will also be a bike valet service and water station available for those who ride their bikes to the event.

Anyone who would like to be involved can contact the city events team on 9231 0748 or events@canning.wa.gov.au.