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River Health Program Seeks Volunteers across Georges River

Posted 24 March 2012 by (Hurstville News)

Volunteers are sought to participate in the Community River Health Monitoring Program, which gauges the ecosystem health of the entire Botany Bay catchment. Sampling will take place in streams and foreshore sites in the Georges River.

Volunteers will receive FREE training in macroinvertebrate (waterbugs) monitoring during sampling.

Community organisations, school groups and Bushcare groups are encouraged to volunteer.

The next round of sampling will be:
• Saturday 21 April, 8am to 4pm in Appin
• Saturday 28 April, 9am to 1pm in Lime Kiln Bay, Oatley
• Sunday 20 May, 9am to 1pm at Mill Creek, Menai

Access to these sites is mildly difficult; volunteers must have a moderate level of fitness. Volunteers must bring a long-sleeve shirt and gum boots.

Bookings for this event are ESSENTIAL. Please contact the Georges River Combined Councils’ Committee at 9330 6010 or

The Community River Health Monitoring Program uses a scientific approach to collect data for three river health indicators: water quality, vegetation and macroinvertebrates. By analysing the data collected during sampling days we are able to assess the ecological health of the Georges River.

Since 2009, the River Health Program has benefited from the participation of more than 400 volunteers.

The data collected from these sampling events is used to produce an annual River Health Report Card which interprets and presents the results of the data collected and provides an overall indication of the river’s health.

The program is coordinated by the GRCCC and has been funded by the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country Program.
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, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hurstville, Kogarah, Liverpool and Rockdale City councils, and Sutherland and Wollondilly Shire councils.

Contact to register your interest in participating in the program. For more information on the River Health program, or for a copy of previous River Health Report Cards, visit