Launch of first-ever Riverkeeper Report Card shows catchment-wide efforts of Georges River cleanup

Launch of first-ever Riverkeeper Report Card shows catchment-wide efforts of Georges River cleanup

Launch of first-ever Riverkeeper Report Card shows catchment-wide efforts of Georges River cleanup

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by GRCCC
10/11/2011

9 November 2011

The first-ever report card demonstrating the cleanup efforts of the Georges Riverkeeper program has been released. Since 1999, the Riverkeeper program has provided on-ground cleanup and restoration works to minimise the impacts of urbanisation on the Georges River. The Report Card shows catchment-scale program statistics in rubbish collection and bush regeneration undertaken by the Riverkeeper Program from July 2010 to June 2011.

The program is run by the Georges River Combined Councils Committee (GRCCC) which is an association of 9 local government councils within the Georges River Catchment. These councils jointly fund the Riverkeeper Program to undertake on ground works across the Georges River catchment.

The two main focus areas for the program are to 1) remove rubbish (gross pollutants) from the river foreshores, creeks and tributaries which enter via the conventional stormwater into the river, or as a result of illegal dumping and littering and 2) increase the biodiversity of remnant bushland and riparian (river bank) vegetation through the targeted removal of weeds, revegetation and natural regeneration.

The Riverkeeper program works regularly with teams from volunteer organisations such as the National Parks Association and other interested community groups and works with participants of the National Green Job Corp program to perform bush regeneration. The GRCCC also partners with Corrective Services NSW in the program and uses work teams comprised of individuals on Intensive Correction Orders.

In the 2010 – 2011 financial year Riverkeeper rubbish collection teams have worked at over 80 sites and contributed 4,821 hours, collecting nearly 33,000kgs of rubbish. Bush regeneration teams have contributed 4,453 hours, covering almost 20,000m2.

“In April 2011, the number of Riverkeeper teams increased from 3 teams to 10 teams every week and based on the current 7 tonnes of rubbish we are pulling out each month, we expect to collect 80,000kgs of rubbish by the end of the current financial year”, Riverkeeper Co-ordinator Tony Wales said.

The Riverkeeper program works closely with several state government agencies. These include the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Office of Environment and Water’s Estuary Management Program and Corrective Services NSW.

The GRCCC is an incorporated association of nine local government councils working in partnership with state and federal government agencies and community representatives within the Georges River catchment. It represents local government in the Georges River catchment of NSW. Member councils include Bankstown City, Campbelltown City, Fairfield City, Hurstville City, Kogarah City, Liverpool City, Rockdale City, Sutherland Shire and Wollondilly Shire councils. The GRCCC is proudly hosted by Hurstville City Council, 2009-2012.

For a copy of the Report Card visit www.georgesriver.org.au

For more information on the program, or to volunteer, please contact info@georgesriver.org.au


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Roy Carter posts

The Proposed Moorebank Inter-modals projects alongside the Georges River at Moorebank NSW could have a Profound effect on the water quality of the river environment.......so far interested Georges River Groups such as those mentioned above and the many other stakeholders......have not even been sighted on the matter......not good at all.......who defends this wonderful natural resource?....who will stand up to save the Georges?

Allan C posts

For many,many years the Georges River has struggled to survive. God help its future should the twin container terminals be approved and have a chemical spill (Which does happen in the real world) that enters the river. Just another justifiable reason for the proposals to be rejected. NO Container Terminals at MOOREBANK.

Roy Carter posts

Could not agree more about there being NO Container Terminals at Moorebank.....but that is not what is being proposed.....the Massive Sheds ( size of Flemington Markets ) shown by one of the proponents at the Information Sessions conducted on 28th and 29th october last....shows the intention is to have LCL = less than a Container Load Split multi packed Cargo Containers and Full containers plus packing of containers as well on site so not only is it a container facility but is a (multi faceted transport operation )many loads unpacked and delivered by a multitude of Delivery Trucks along with a proportion of Full and Empty Container Movements to and fro.... So the idea that it is to be a Freight Zone..... intended to handle all manner of cargo movements..... Multi Faceted Freight Hub if you like....is a more relevant description.......the constant harping about an Intermodal...a term many do not ubderstand and that does not describe in any way the scope envisaged by the Freight Proponents has also been understating the project complexity and full purpose.....in addition besides the TWO proposed freight centres there is spare land in addition for all manner of additional complimentary to freight operation uses.....it all adds up to a disaster for Liverpool and the South West.....try a different name Description than a Container Terminal...because that does not conjure up the full picture....It sounds smaller an operation than is really proposed and intended.......last time I outline my opinion..... others can do as they like and will anyway ..Frankly...why bother? Call it a container yard or two freight yards and some extra land etc etc etc......best of luck with a container terminal....because they are located at the Sea Port!.

Roy Carter posts

....Actually it is a Freight Zone that is intended!....in Moorebank.....No Moorebank Freight Zone!....lets work together for the benifit of the community by having a description that is closer than the rest! Thats my view.

Allan C posts

Roy, must you reply to everyones comments. You can call it what you want. I know exactly what activety will be carried out at these sites as I have spent my working life in that industry. Intermodal terminal, freight terminal, container terminal or freight zone, what's the difference as they would all be Inappropriate in this area.

Roy Carter posts

Sorry Allan C I am a bit tetchy on the description having just today recieved the Thousand Signs to Save Liverpool for the use of our community....which are No Freight Zone Signs...as it so happens...it took 3 hours to get 15 shops to accept them after waiting for customers to be served then adding double sided tape and setting in place in the most prominent spot negotiated for with each shopkeeper......meanewhile most residents are happy to have someone like me who cares about our district and the Georges River not only scraping up the funds to help them with a public appeal but doing the work of distribution in addition......I at least think with the effort I have put in...I deserve to be assisted by many more than so far have shown up to help to locate these important signs which are benificial to all protest groups and individuals in our region......Commenting on this site was generated because I recieved a notification by streetcorner of a comment to a topic I had contributed to and having called on our community for assistance in sign distribution am of a mind that right now getting the district involved is of much greater value than contributing to websites that few participate in.....So how about helping me to distribute the Signs that are available now.......because the council ones may be to close to xmas by the time available for successful circulation...considering how difficult effective distribution really is...I know you care about the issues and understand them..... The more the merrier in our community efforts...... plse contact me if you want to assist against the Freight Monsters by joining the currently available sign effort my phone no is 0407462080!..We need your help.

Jane Demond posts

Roy, maybe if you stopped rubbishing so many people that have tried to fight this and correcting what they say you might get more people assisting you. I know I would help you but have been put off by your constant rubbishing of anyone who doesn't do what you want.

Roy Carter posts

okay...well do not do it for me Jane....do it because of the issue then.....because that is what this is all about....not personalities...I am a resident like you and would much rather not protest at all but here I am again....you too Jane can contribute with the sign program which is to save our region in purpose.... it is a noble pursuit in my opinion for all of us to participate in..play the ball not the person on this....otherwise whats the point.....I am not a politician and am not standing for election but am driving a campaign and that takes mettle and persistence...I cannot stop the process once started and opinions aside....the Governments are hell bent on the Freight Zone....lets get the Focus on the right target....I am one of your greatest supporters!.....I offer ideas and the ability to get things done.....bringing me down is against your interest so help the Sign Program and forget the rest.

Jane Demond posts

Yes Roy, so take some of your own advice and stop bringing people down.

I sent a email to the member of Campbelltown asking for his support and the answer I got back was to contact my local member of parliament.It is quite obvious residents of the south west dont realise the true danger to their community.We all know the health danger to our kids and if the trucks cant get on to the highways they will be using any way they can get through and the council now has no authority over weight restrictions on roads.Lets focus on the real issue of protecting our families and their lifestyle John Anderson wattle grove. 0409368603

Roy Carter posts

As you are a Contributor to the Thousand Sign Fund along with many other residents, community leaders and Mp's and in addition are currently attempting to distribute Signs yourself of the Thousand Signs to Save Liverpool.. John... on reading your comment......I could not agree more with your statement.....The lack of support from surrounding MP's is terrible.....and what of those the length of the Georges River?


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