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Georges River website launch

Posted 21 October 2009 by (Hurstville News)

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Philip Sansom said residents living near the river and its tributaries can log on to learn about sustainability initiatives the Georges River Combined Councils’ Committee (GRCCC) is carrying out through its Riverhealth Monitoring Program.

“The NSW Environmental Trust has invested more than $6.5 million in Georges River sustainability initiatives through local councils and government agencies,” he said.

“This new website is a rich repository of information about the Georges River and explains how everyday people can contribute to the long term sustainable management of this valuable natural asset.

“It is a one-stop-shop for residents, schools, community groups, government agencies and stakeholders to find the information they need about the river and the work underway to protect it.”

Website features:

  • Interactive maps – the community can identify hotspots where river sustainability is progressing and find information on each project site
  • Background information - reports, plans, publications and research papers on our local waterways
  • Education kit – resources for teachers and students studying the Georges River and environmental sustainability
  • Calendar – opportunities for community involvement in Riverhealth
  • Recreation – leisure and sport on the Georges River
  • Ecology – plants, animals, food and catchment areas of the Georges River
  • Quick links - to participating councils, government agencies, community groups and stakeholders.

Mayor Sansom said the website launch coincides with National Water Week (18-24 October 2009).

“National Water Week is a time for people to think of practical ways to protect, rehabilitate and improve their local water environments,” he said.

“I encourage you to log on to the Georges River website to see how local residents can contribute to the long term sustainable management of this valuable natural asset.”

Visit the Georges River website at http://www.georgesriver.org.au

BACKGROUND

About Georges River

The Georges River is one of south-western Sydney’s primary natural assets due to its aesthetic, recreational and biological value.

It rises five kilometres south-east of Appin, near Campbelltown, at a height of 350 metres. The river winds its way 96 kilometres to Botany Bay.

It is divided into three main regions: the upper (freshwater section from Appin to Liverpool Weir), middle reaches (Liverpool Weir to Salt Pan Creek) and lower (Salt Pan Creek to Botany Bay).

The Georges River catchment covers 960 square kilometres. It is highly urbanised and supports a wide range of land use, including an Australian Army firing range, market gardens, agriculture, mining, industrial manufacturing, landfill, and a nuclear research facility.

Large bushland areas, including remnant floodplain forests of the Cumberland Plain and riparian areas, still remain.

Some of Sydney’s older suburbs such as Hurstville and Rockdale are in the catchment, as well as some of its newest housing estates in Liverpool and Fairfield. Around
1.2 million people live in the south-western Sydney catchment.

About Georges River Combined Council’s Committee

Georges River Combined Council’s Committee (GRCCC) includes Sutherland Shire Council, Rockdale City Council, Bankstown City Council, Hurstville City Council, Kogarah City Council, Fairfield City Council, Wollondilly Shire Council, Liverpool City Council and Campbelltown City Council.

The nine councils are working together to protect and rehabilitate the Georges River, in south-western Sydney.

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Tanya Abraham
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