Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Over 30 shopping trolleys have been removed in just a few hours with the help of an excavator, as part of our restoration of Simmos Beach, Macquarie Fields. Unfortunately, the site has been a hot spot for dumping over the years with shopping trolleys creating an extensive blockage in the creekline. Rob Dixon from Georges Riverkeeper and Mat Misdale from Campbelltown City Council helped to get an excavator down into the site to remove the blockage after struggling with hand tools which were only capable of removing two trolleys at a time.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Georges Riverkeeper facilitated a workforce of 16 bus loads of teams from NSW Department of Justice - Corrective Services, per week, to remove 20,026 kilograms of rubbish from the catchment and waterways during the most recent quarter (January to March, 2020). This brings the yearly total of rubbish removed to 71,574 kilograms, so far, this financial year. 

Monday, March 23, 2020

We are troubled to see COVID-19 affecting more and more businesses and industries, however, we are optimistic that Georges Riverkeeper can continue to proceed with traditional River Health monitoring activities at this time.

Our summer season of monitoring estuarine water quality was completed in March. We are currently monitoring the riparian vegetation, water quality and waterbugs in freshwater sites.

We will also undertake microplastics monitoring along the river, using AUSMAP methods.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

On Sunday 8 March, 60 volunteers removed 1 tonne of marine debris from the Georges River during the Georges River Clean Up which incorporated a Paddle Against Plastic event. 

This community day was held as part of a broader clean up conducted by Ocean Crusaders and Georges Riverkeeper, funded through the office of David Coleman MP and the Federal Government’s Communities Environment Program, that removed a total of 10.9 tonnes of rubbish from the river over a 7 day period.

Monday, March 9, 2020

We are pleased to announce that Pete Ryan commenced as Georges Riverkeeper Program Manager in March 2020, replacing Beth Salt, who is currently on maternity leave.

Pete looks forward to working cooperatively with the Riverkeeper team, Executive, Member Councils, and government and community representatives to improve the health of the Georges River and catchment areas.

Monday, February 10, 2020

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Seeking paddlers and walkers to help Clean Up Salt Pan Creek on the Georges River.

Date: Sunday, March 8, 10 am to 1 pm
Place: Salt Pan Creek Boat Ramp, at the end of Clarendon Rd, Peakhurst, 2210.

This is a Clean Up Australia Day event that incorporates a Paddle Against Plastic with Ocean Crusaders, so bring your kayak, SUP or canoe and help us clean up.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Georges Riverkeeper’s partnership with universities is helping to improve our knowledge about the effects of urbanisation on complex aquatic ecosystems such as the Georges River and determine best practice in mitigating the impacts.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
At the end of 2019, during the very smoky conditions in Sydney, Dr. Dave Reid and Rob Dixon from Georges Riverkeeper completed the spring season of surveying streams across the Georges River, monitoring 35 freshwater sites and 17 estuarine sites across the catchment. Water quality was monitored at all sites, with water bugs also sampled at the freshwater sites. The results of the tests will be used to inform the grading in The State of the Georges River Report Card, to be produced by November 2020 and distributed at the Annual General Meeting to member Councils and other stakeholders.