On Saturday April 23rd, join hundreds of people across 6 states in getting outside to our local beaches and waterways to take action on one of the world’s most solvable environmental issues – ocean litter. We’re committed to reducing the amount of plastic litter entering our creeks, rivers and oceans and causing harm to the animals that call these places home.
Georges Riverkeeper is honouring six individuals for their outstanding commitment to protecting the Georges River and for assisting Georges Riverkeeper in its goal of ‘best practice environmental management for a liveable urban river’.
Honour Roll recipients include former Mayors, Deputy Mayors, and Councillors as well as community representatives. View the list here.
Georges Riverkeeper is excited to announce that we have a new Executive Group! Congratulations to our newly elected Chairperson, Cr. Michael Banasik (Wollondilly Shire Council) who served last year as Vice Chairperson, to new Vice Chairperson, Cr. Matt Stellino (Campbelltown City Council), and to Cr. Rey Manoto (Campbelltown City Council) who was re-elected Executive Treasurer for another year. We’re looking forward to working with you for the Georges River!
Meet the local Councillors who represent our member Councils on the Georges Riverkeeper Committee:
The Georges Riverkeeper Committee met in person on 31 March, 2022, for the first time since October last year, for the 2021 Annual General Meeting. There was much to discuss and but first we welcomed the 15 Councillors representing our local member councils. The evening began with presentation of our Annual Report 2020/21. Then the new Executive Group was elected. Congratulations to our newly elected Chairperson, Cr.
A new anti-litter project is in the works to prevent rain runoff from washing litter pollution into the Georges River, thanks Georges Riverkeeper and a $700,000 Environment Restoration Fund Program Grant from the Australian Government.
Georges Riverkeeper’s ‘Improving the Health of the Georges River: Zero Litter in Georges River’ project is tackling the stormwater pollution problem with a four-phase approach and support from local councils.
The extensive mangrove systems of the Georges River are now protected through legislation. Many people do not realise, much of what is remaining is owed to local campaigners from past decades: ordinary local people who put tremendous spirit and effort into advocating for the environment, and fought to protect the areas they loved. What does it take to save a threatened area, when others don't understand the complexity of interconnected ecosystems, and do not register the significance of what will be lost? What can everyday local people do?
David Reid (Georges Riverkeeper) has co-authored an article entitled, "Metal(loid) accumulation in the leaves of the grey mangrove (Avicennia marina): Assessment of robust sampling requirements and potential use as a bioindicator" which has been recently published by Elsevier in Environmental Research.