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.
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.
'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.