Hundreds of building sites across Sydney and the Central Coast will be inspected on 15 October as part of a blitz to protect local waterways from run-off.
The campaign targets erosion and sediment control on building and construction sites and highlights the impact of sediment laden runoff on our waterways.
The blitz aims to build on the improvements achieved in the month-long campaign held in May when more than 1,110 building sites were inspected by 19 Councils, NSW Environment Protection Authority and Department of Planning, Industry and Environment officers.
With the help of Georges Riverkeeper and City of Canterbury Bankstown, Conservation Volunteers Australia volunteers braved the rain to begin revegetating at Little Salt Pan Creek in the Georges River catchment with over 3,000 Sporobolus virginicus seedlings.
Haven’t heard of S.virginicus? Its common names include Sand Couch, Salt Couch and Saltwater Couch. But whatever you call it, it’s an incredibly important plant species found in intertidal areas.
There is now an interactive map to show you where to walk, cycle, swim, fish and boat along the Georges River, and you’re invited to contribute your favourite walks and lookouts.
Georges Riverkeeper Chairman, Geoff Shelton, said: “The Georges River is over 100 km long so it can be difficult to know where the best spots are to enjoy the river.”
"The digital map is an easy way to find cycle tracks, nature walks, swimming spots and other facilities such as playgrounds and toilets, as well as finding out more about the vegetation and geography of the river,” he added.
Building sites are getting the message and improving their environmental performance, according to the latest results of the Get the Site Right sediment control campaign.
The campaign saw council and EPA officers conduct more than 1,110 inspections of building sites along the Parramatta River, Central Coast, Cooks River and Georges River in the May blitz and found that 748 (63 per cent) of sites were compliant, a 13 per cent improvement on last year’s figures.
Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA), in partnership with Georges Riverkeeper is launching an exciting new project that will see the reintroduction of 9,000 plants in order to restore healthy fish habitats and food webs throughout the Georges River. With support from the NSW DPI Fisheries’ Recreational Fishing Trust, CVA teams will be working to restore key areas of fish habitat by reintroducing a fundamental species of saltmarsh across 6 different sites along the Georges River from Tonbridge Creek, Ramsgate to Chipping Norton Lakes, Lansvale / Chipping Norton.
The Container Deposit Scheme ‘Return and Earn’ is being hailed by leading local waterway experts, Georges Riverkeeper, as a game-changer in reducing the amount of rubbish ending up in the Georges River.
Georges Riverkeeper Tony Wales says, “Around 25.4 million containers are littered in the Georges River Catchment per year or 69,500 per day!
“Our observations and measurements show there has been a 30 to 40 per cent reduction in refundable containers found in rubbish collected from the river and surrounding area since the program started.
It is recognised that gross pollutant litter entering saltmarsh and mangroves via stormwater can negatively impact plants and hydrological flows while decreasing public amenity.
The Georges Riverkeeper and Corrective Services NSW partnership has been conducting catchment wide litter removal across the Georges River catchment in southern Sydney for over 15 years.
The latest River Health Report Card has been released providing an assessment of the ecological health of waterways across the Georges River Catchment in 2016-2017.
The report card presents the findings of 12 months of data collection based on monitoring that has taken place across the Georges River catchment, in both freshwater creeks and the Georges River estuary which feeds into Botany Bay.