Cultural and heritage projects
The River Project, Campbelltown Arts Centre
The River Project Exhibition at Campbelltown Arts Centre brings together performance projects, publications, education and public programs from various Australian and international artists to explore the issues facing river systems, big and small, in the Asia and the Pacific, and explores the relationships contemporary cultures have with these river systems. The River Project showcases works inspired by the Yangtze River in China, The Yamuna in India, the Mekong in Vietnam, and Sydney’s Georges River to illustrate who we are as a community, and to reflect on our interconnectedness, our fragility, and our history.
Community symposium discusses river health
As part of the River Project, community leaders, environmental groups, politicians, ecologists, students and residents met at Campbelltown Arts Centre in October to discuss their concern for the Georges River Catchment and to identify actions to look after its health.
Keynote speaker Dr Ian Wright of the University of Western Sydney reported his findings from a study regarding water quality of the river and evaluated pollution loads from urban, rural and extractive industry point sources into the catchment. Dr Wright found mining discharges were the largest point source contributor to the river’s pollution and that the NSW environmental licensing system failed to adequately regulate mining discharges of both salts and heavy metals.
The recommendations included: imposing stricter limitations on the granting of mining approvals; restrictions to improve the transparency of Part 3A approval processes; the public release by mining companies and government departments of data regarding heavy metal and toxin levels of wastewater discharges; improved water testing in the Upper catchment; and the upgrading of the Dharawal Reserve to a National Park.
The Upper Georges River Sustainability Symposium was organised as part of the River Project
, which explores the relationships contemporary cultures have with their river systems. It is run under the auspice of the Upper Georges River Urban Sustainability Project which aims to improve the overall sustainability of the Upper catchment.