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:
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.
Stage 2 works at Oyster Creek Gully have now finished and, as you can see from some of the images, the site has changed significantly since the project began. During monitoring, there were no flowering privets to be spotted along the whole length of the project site. Privets are serious environmental weeds. Infestations threaten biodiversity and ecological communities.
Georges Riverkeeper, one of the longest running catchment organisations in Australia, has a new home at Sutherland Shire Council, with Council set to host the peak waterways management body for the next four years.
The hosting agreement sees Georges Riverkeeper working in close partnership with Sutherland Shire Council’s Environmental Science and Shire Planning division on key environmental projects aimed at further improving the health of local waterways including the Georges River.