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Cooks River Alliance: seeking community volunteers

Posted 20 May 2013 by (Hurstville News)

Are you interested in caring for our environment? Would you like to make a difference locally? Do you have an interest in the Cooks River and a passion for sustainability?

The Cooks River Alliance Board of Management is calling for three volunteer community representatives to join the alliance, with applications now open until 31 May 2013.

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Jack Jacovou said this is a great opportunity for environmentally minded individuals to step up and take on this active role within the organisation.

“The community representatives will help Councillors govern the Cooks River Alliance, as well as ensure local issues are at the forefront of discussion,” he said.

Deputy Chair of The Cooks River Alliance, and Hurstville City Councillor, Philip Sansom, said he welcomed the news that community representation will become part of the alliance.

“The new community representatives will help to ensure local issues are addressed and help to steer the direction of the Cooks River Alliance, by providing a unique local perspective”, he said.

“Inviting community members to participate in board meetings builds on a strong tradition of the Cooks River Alliance that fosters the approach of residents helping the river.

“Only through a combined approach can we meet the environmental challenges and protect the long-term health of the Cooks River.

“I look forward to working with local residents and encourage those interested in environmental issues to consider applying.

“In addition, preference will be given to applicants who live in one of the eight member council areas, and community representatives will be required to attend four meetings per year.”

Application information can be found on the Cooks River Alliance website at

The Cooks River Alliance is made up of eight Councils in the Cooks River catchment area, who collaborate together with communities for a healthier Cooks River. The alliance includes representatives from; Ashfield, Bankstown, Canterbury, City of Sydney, Hurstville, Marrickville, Rockdale and Strathfield Councils.

For more information, contact Chris Hudson, Project Manager, Cooks River Alliance on 9748 9644 or via email at


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