Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Recently, on the river...

Boom replacement above the Liverpool Weir
Boom replacement above the Liverpool Weir

The trusty (and slightly rusty) Georges Riverkeeper boat has shown her utility over the past few months. We have been out on the water regularly assisting Member Councils with a number of jobs along the river.

From the freshwater to the mouth, here are a few of the adventures we've had.

We helped Liverpool and Campbelltown City Councils reattach their aquatic weed booms which were thrown up into the trees by earlier flooding.

removing shopping trolleys from The Needles along the Woronora River in Engadine
Removing shopping trolleys from 'The Needles' along the Woronora River in Engadine

We removed a bunch of unsightly geofabrics which became entangled in the riparian trees opposite the Paper Mill in Liverpool.

With reports of an oil spill in Prospect Creek in Fairfield, we inspected around the area and were relieved to find that everything was contained. 

We joined Sutherland Council Weeds Officers to hunt down the last of the invasive Pampas Grass from the upper Woronora Estuary. We also retrieved a couple of shopping trolleys from the otherwise pristine ‘Needles’, along the Woronora River at Engadine. And then we spotted and recorded the location of a very un-photogenic koala.

Paddle Against Plastic on the Cooks River May 2022
Paddle Against Plastic on the Cooks River May 2022

With Georges River and Canterbury Bankstown Councils we have been on the lookout for alligator weed, whose fragments have been washing down the river and reattaching in the mangroves.

We spent Mothers Day on the Cooks River in the Bayside Council area helping out with safety for the River Canoe Clubs annual Paddle Against Plastic.

It's been a busy but productive couple of months for Rob Dixon, the coordinator of our Catchment Actions Program, who has managed all this on top of the litter collection and bush regeneration work he's completed. What a champion!