The health and wellbeing of our community is of utmost importance and Georges Riverkeeper is closely monitoring the advice and adhering to the directives of public health agencies to help stem the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community.
To address any concerns you may have regarding Coronavirus and recreational use of the Georges River, please refer to the latest information and advice provided by NSW Health:
Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) has just released a summary of the litter data they have collected for the Georges River as part of the #SeaToSource project in 2020.
It’s very interesting to see the breakdown of litter, and perhaps not very surprising that plastic is the dominant material found (93%).
Over 6,160 items of litter have been counted. The top ten most common items were:
Bring your kayak, SUP or canoe, and help Georges Riverkeeper to clean up the Georges River!
- Sunday 21 March 2021
- 9.30 am to 1 pm
- Lambeth Reserve, Lambeth St, Picnic Point
Plastic rubbish is degrading our waterways and killing our wildlife. This Clean Up Australia event will remove rubbish from the river and make it healthier, safer and more enjoyable to use.
Don't have a paddle craft? Hire one on the day for a small fee or join the walkers cleaning up the river bank.
Carina and Kareela Creeks in Sutherland Shire are both constructed tidal creeks, formed when the original bays were reclaimed during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Kareela Creek is also the outlet of one of the biggest stormwater catchments in Sutherland Shire LGA, and Carina Creek is subject to small stormwater flows. Sediment build-up in the creeks over years caused the stagnation of waters, affecting the water quality and vegetation and generating hydrogen sulphide (rotten egg) odours which affected neighbouring residents.
Georges River Coastal Management Program (CMP) Scoping Study is complete.
The scoping study is Stage 1 of the development of the CMP which is a long-term strategy for managing the coastal zone which takes into account historical events, current conditions, and future trends including population growth, environmental conditions, and climate change.
'Culturally inclusive water urban design: a critical history of hydrosocial infrastructures in Southern Sydney, Australia', is a new paper recently published in Blue-Green Systems that has been co-authored by Georges Riverkeeper.
Works at Yeramba Lagoon, Georges River National Park, have restored tidal flushing to the lagoon. In late-August, works got underway to progressively drain the freshwater lagoon and remove the existing weir. Since then, an adjustable height weir has been installed, and tidal flow reintroduced. Saltwater is now flowing into the Yeramba Lagoon on the higher tides – and the weed is dying off quickly.
Results from the October Get the Site Right inspection blitz day show that compliance rates on construction and building sites are holding steady following the significant improvements seen in the June campaign.
The results are encouraging in light of the recent rainfall surge experienced across Sydney and parts of eastern Australia and an increase in building and renovation projects since the start of COVID-19.
The year’s ending; time to look back and see what’s been achieved. Fortunately, at our Simmos Beach Reserve restoration site, Stage 2 is complete and we’re proud of the results. Primary treatment of woody weeds was completed throughout the entire length of the creek down to the Georges River. Over 6,000 plants were installed to give the bush a helping hand in its recovery. Simmos Beach Bushcare group has been instrumental in assisting contractors to manage some of the areas.