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River Health Program Seeks Volunteers across Georges and Cooks River

Posted 13 August 2011 by (Hurstville News)

Volunteers are being sought to participate in the first ever multiple river monitoring program which will gauge the ecosystem health of the entire Botany Bay catchment. Sampling will take place in streams and foreshore sites in the Georges River and Cooks River.

This study is a continuation and expansion of the Community River Health Monitoring Program which uses a science-based approach to collect data for three river health indicators: water quality, vegetation and macroinvertebrates. By analysing the data collected across these three indicators we are able to gain a snap shot view of the health of the Georges and Cooks Rivers.

Since 2009, the River Health Program has benefited from the participation of over 300 volunteers who have contributed over 1700 hours to sampling. The data collected from these sampling events will be 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 on a sub catchment and site by site basis.

Volunteers will receive FREE training in ecological health monitoring techniques during sampling periods. The next round of sampling will be from 11 October to 30 November. Community organisations, school groups and Bushcare groups are encouraged to volunteer.

The program will be coordinated by the Georges River Combined Councils’ Committee (GRCCC) in partnership with the Cooks River Alliance 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, and Liverpool, Rockdale, Sutherland Shire and Wollondilly Shire councils. Cooks River Alliance councils include Ashfield, Bankstown, Canterbury, City of Sydney, Hurstville, Marrickville, Rockdale and Strathfield City 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

Media Enquiries: David Kuhn, GRCCC at 9330 6010