Georges Riverkeeper has a full complement of staff! The Executive Group welcomed Kalynda Georgiades at our Executive Group meeting, as Georges Riverkeeper’s Administration and Project Support Officer. Georges Riverkeeper help a very successful Paddle Against Plastic event last month in partnership with City of Canterbury Bankstown and the River Canoe Club, with representatives from Conservation Volunteers Australia and Oatley Flora and Fauna also supporting the event. We secured a lot of media coverage which was great.
The Georges Riverkeeper General Meeting was kindly hosted by Liverpool City Council at the Casula Powerhouse. Our guest speaker, Roshan presented on Liverpool City Council’s Water Quality Management Framework, which sets the direction on all water related elements to achieve best management practice.
Georges Riverkeeper has submitted feedback to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) on their new draft priority areas as part of the Coastal Management reforms that are happening in NSW at the moment.
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.
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.
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.