We are pleased to announce that Beth Salt, Georges Riverkeeper Program Manager returned from maternity leave earlier this year after welcoming a baby boy just over 12 months ago. A dynamic leader, she is looking forward working with our member councils to implement the final year of the Georges Riverkeeper 2018-2022 Strategic Plan while planning for the subsequent four years.
It's been extremely soggy recently on the Georges River, but that didn’t stop Ocean Crusaders from getting out and tackling some of the plastic debris polluting the river.
With funding assistance from Georges Riverkeeper, City Canterbury Bankstown, Liverpool City Council, and Fairfield City Council, Ocean Crusaders undertook four massive days of hardcore cleaning along the river. A big thanks to the volunteers that braved the weather to come out to assist.
Marion Huxley has over 17 years’ experience in ecology, during which time she has developed a wide range of skills. She identified a range of macroinvertebrates, fish and frog species. She has undertaken field surveys including assessments of land use, riparian flora, and aquatic flora and fauna. During her studies and career she has gained a good understanding of scientific design and data collection.
Georges Riverkeeper have recently published a paper in Regional Studies in Marine Science titled, “A review of the ‘natural’ ecological features of waterways in the Botany Bay catchment, in southern Sydney, Australia”.
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.
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.
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.
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.