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.
Bring your kayak, SUP or canoe, and help Georges Riverkeeper to clean up the Georges River!
- RESCHEDULED to: Saturday 17 April, 2021
- 9.30 am to 1 pm
- Lambeth Reserve, Lambeth St, Picnic Point
Plastic rubbish is degrading our waterways and killing our wildlife. This Clean Up Australia event will remove rubbish from the river and make it healthier, safer and more enjoyable to use.
Don't have a paddle craft? Hire one on the day for a small fee or join the walkers cleaning up the river bank.
Carina and Kareela Creeks in Sutherland Shire are both constructed tidal creeks, formed when the original bays were reclaimed during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Kareela Creek is also the outlet of one of the biggest stormwater catchments in Sutherland Shire LGA, and Carina Creek is subject to small stormwater flows. Sediment build-up in the creeks over years caused the stagnation of waters, affecting the water quality and vegetation and generating hydrogen sulphide (rotten egg) odours which affected neighbouring residents.
Georges River Coastal Management Program (CMP) Scoping Study is complete.
The scoping study is Stage 1 of the development of the CMP which is a long-term strategy for managing the coastal zone which takes into account historical events, current conditions, and future trends including population growth, environmental conditions, and climate change.
'Culturally inclusive water urban design: a critical history of hydrosocial infrastructures in Southern Sydney, Australia', is a new paper recently published in Blue-Green Systems that has been co-authored by Georges Riverkeeper.
Works at Yeramba Lagoon, Georges River National Park, have restored tidal flushing to the lagoon. In late-August, works got underway to progressively drain the freshwater lagoon and remove the existing weir. Since then, an adjustable height weir has been installed, and tidal flow reintroduced. Saltwater is now flowing into the Yeramba Lagoon on the higher tides – and the weed is dying off quickly.
Results from the October Get the Site Right inspection blitz day show that compliance rates on construction and building sites are holding steady following the significant improvements seen in the June campaign.
The results are encouraging in light of the recent rainfall surge experienced across Sydney and parts of eastern Australia and an increase in building and renovation projects since the start of COVID-19.
The year’s ending; time to look back and see what’s been achieved. Fortunately, at our Simmos Beach Reserve restoration site, Stage 2 is complete and we’re proud of the results. Primary treatment of woody weeds was completed throughout the entire length of the creek down to the Georges River. Over 7,500 plants were installed to give the bush a helping hand in its recovery. Simmos Beach Bushcare group has been instrumental in assisting contractors to manage some of the areas.
Stage 2 works at Oyster Creek Gully have now finished and, as you can see from some of the images, the site has changed significantly since the project began. During monitoring, there were no flowering privets to be spotted along the whole length of the project site. Privets are serious environmental weeds. Infestations threaten biodiversity and ecological communities.