The Georges River is one of the major water catchments in the Greater Sydney Region. While we’re experiencing less rain at the moment, the river does have a history of flooding.
Being home to 1.4 million of Sydney’s residents over 950km2, and with an expected increase in population as growth and development increases over the coming years, it’s vital to know the catchment area’s flooding risk and how to mitigate it.
The Georges Riverkeeper Floodplain Risk Management Subcommittee was formed in mid-2018 by Georges Riverkeeper and the eight local Councils along the river.
The Rehabilitation of Oyster Creek Gully Habitat corridor has progressed well during the first stage of the NSW Environment Trust funded project.
An enormous amount of work has been completed during the first year of the Simmos Beach catchment restoration project, funded by the NSW Environment Trust. The project has focused on rehabilitating the riparian area of a small un-named creek that flows to Simmos Beach on the Georges River.
The ‘Targeted improvement of the Georges River food web’ project funded by NSW DPI has so far been a success! As part of the project, the species, Sporobolus virginicus which inhabits upper saltmarsh areas is being planted on degraded shorelines throughout the Georges River estuary. As these plants start to establish they will help to provide habitat and a food source for native fish as highlighted in a number of peer reviewed studies.
Volunteers are revegetating Chipping Norton Lake to feed fish in the Georges River.
Thousands of baby Sporobolus plants have been planted along the southern foreshore of Chipping Norton Lake by Conservation Volunteers Australia, with the help of Georges Riverkeeper and Liverpool City Council.
With the help of Georges Riverkeeper and Fairfield City Council, Conservation Volunteers Australia volunteers have begun revegetating Chipping Norton Lakes in the Georges River catchment with over 12,000 Sporobolus virginicus seedlings.
Haven’t heard of S.virginicus? Its common names include Sand Couch, Salt Couch and Saltwater Couch. But whatever you call it, it’s an incredibly important plant species found in intertidal areas.
Sydney wastes most of its rainwater and pouring this valuable resource down the drain must stop, says Georges Riverkeeper on its 40th anniversary.
Even during drought, billions of litres of stormwater rush off the concrete streets each year, flowing into storm drains and emptying, untreated, into our creeks, rivers and oceans.
Not only is it a waste of water, but it carries pollution and contaminants, such as pesticides, asphalt, road chemicals, grease, oil, and human and animal waste, that are harmful to people, wildlife and our waterways.
Georges Riverkeeper, one of Australia’s longest running catchment management organisations is celebrating its 40th anniversary of protecting and enhancing the Georges River waterways in south Sydney.
Georges Riverkeeper has initiated the transition of the Georges River Estuary Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) to a Coastal Management Program (CMP), as required by the NSW Government’s new Coastal Management Framework.