Heavy rainfall is expected over the next few days, from 18 March 2021, bringing the risk of flooding to the Georges River catchment.
To prepare now know your risk, and see the NSW SES advice.
To keep up to date with weather warnings, visit the Bureau of Meteorology.
And remember, please do not drive through flood waters.
This month the Federal Government released the National Plastics Plan 2021. Some of the highlights include national packaging targets for industry, a phase out of some non-compostable plastic products, and a phase out of polystyrene in 2022.
Recently, Georges Riverkeeper assisted University of Newcastle PHD student, Rushna, to conduct fieldwork along the Georges River. We were on the hunt for Juncus acutus, a spikey, invasive, saltmarsh plant. As part of his PHD, Rushna intends to investigate how effective these plants are accumulating metals from surrounding sediment compared to native species. The findings will also be a useful addition to other observations of metal contamination throughout the estuary.
Georges Riverkeeper has several grants that we are administering and two of these were the subject of information and discussion at the Executive Group meeting this month. One of the grants is helping Georges Riverkeeper to write our Catchment & Coastal Management Program Scoping Study, the first step in a five step process driven by the Coastal Management Act 2016. We are in the process of reviewing our Scoping Study to see how it helps us to progress through the stages to develop the Georges River Catchment & Coastal Management Program.
Looking for volunteers! In addition to the Georges River Paddle Against Plastic this month, Ocean Crusaders will be operating on the Georges River for three days of hard-core cleaning. There are limited spots available to volunteer with them. You will be in the mangroves, getting muddy and wet, during this rewarding work. If you're interested, please reserve your spot via the eventbrite booking page listed below.
The Georges Riverkeeper Committee met prior to the meeting at Loftus Reserve on Fifth Avenue in Macquarie Field for a site visit. Campbelltown City Council and Georges Riverkeeper have an Environmental Trust grant here (Simmos Beach Restoration project), which is almost complete. At the meeting Campbelltown City Council staff gave a presentation on their Platypus Pals monitoring and education project, where they have used eDNA to survey the presence of platypus within the Georges River Catchment. Clean Up Australia Day events that Georges Riverkeeper are involved with were also discussed.
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:
Welcome back and Happy 2021! Beth Salt has returned as Program Manager to Georges Riverkeeper after being off on maternity leave with her second child. There has also been a turnover in Office Bearers in our Executive Group. Councillor Adrian Wong has moved from our Treasurer to our Chairperson and we welcome Councillor Michael Banasik as Vice Chairperson and Councillor Rey Manoto as Treasurer to the Georges Riverkeeper Executive for the first time! There was quite a bit of housekeeping in this meeting getting Beth and the new Executive Group up to speed.