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Who manages the River?

The Georges River is everyone's responsibility, but to help keep such an urbanised waterway healthy, there are several agencies that are particularly responsible for its management.  Many of these agencies can be found on our Partners and Stakeholders page.  Local and State Government agencies are key to ensuring that the River is protected and the GRCCC plays a key role in coordinating this management.

Who is the GRCCC?

The Georges River Combined Councils' Committee (GRCCC) consists of nine local councils, as well as government agencies and community representatives within the Georges River catchment.  The GRCCC helps to facilitate a coordinated approach to the management of the Georges River.  Visit the GRCCC page for further information.

Who or what is the Georges Riverkeeper?

The Riverkeeper Program services the GRCCC's 9 member councils to identify key rubbish hotspots, and areas for primary bush regeneration and weed control activities on the river's foreshores, creeks and tributaries. The Riverkeeper also plays a role in raising awareness and appreciation amongst those who use, work along and live by the river.  In 2013/14, the Riverkeeper Program work teams removed 70+ tonnes of rubbish from the catchment, and worked to regenerate significant areas of the catchment currently through both Green Army teams and the Aboriginal Riverkeeper Team. For more information visit the Riverkeeper page.

How can I get involved?

There are many ways you can get involved in protecting and caring for the Georges River, such as joining a Bushcare or Streamwatch group, or reducing your impacts at home and work.  For more information, visit our Get Involved and Education pages.

Is it safe to swim in the Georges River?

The Georges River is one of Sydney's healthiest rivers, there are still some precautions to take before you swim.

  • Don't swim near stormwater outlets and drains;
  • Don't swim within a few days of rain, as this washes pollution from roads and gardens into the River;
  • Don't swim if you notice rubbish, or a plume of discoloured water.

In the warmer months, jellyfish can sometimes be found in large numbers in the Georges River.  Whilst these are not dangerous, they can be annoying and cause minor discomfort.

Whilst sharks have been sighted in the River, this is an unusual occurrence.  The NSW Department of Primary Industries website have some tips for swimming in waters where sharks have been sighted.

Once upstream of Liverpool Weir, the Georges River turns fresh and neither jellyfish or sharks are a concern.  However, you still need to be aware of stormwater pollution, particular near urban areas and main roads.

Where does the Georges River start?

The Georges River begins it's journey near Appin, and is fed by a major tributary Madden's Creek.  It then flows through the areas of Campbelltown, Liverpool, Bankstown, Menai, Hurstville and Rockdale until it reaches Botany Bay.  For more information, visit the Your Georges River page.

Can I eat the fish that I catch from the Georges River?

In general, it is considered okay to eat fish caught from the Georges River.  However, it is not recommended to fish from many of the tributaries flowing into the River, particularly in the middle and lower reaches.

You must abide by any signs in the vicinity of where you wish to fish.  You must also have a licence and abide by all fishing laws.

It is advisable to contact your local Council for more specific information and guidance.

Where do I get a fishing licence from?

When fishing in NSW waters, both freshwater and saltwater, you are required by law to pay the NSW Recreational Fishing Licence Fee and carry a payment receipt.  This applies when spearfishing, hand lining, hand gathering, trapping, bait collecting and prawn netting or when in possession of fishing gear in, on or adjacent to waters.

Licences can be obtained on-line from the NSW Department of Primary Industries, in person at most NSW DPI offices and at various agencies available on the NSW DPI website which includes most K-Mart Stores.

How can I find out about catch sizes and limits?

There are many rules and regulations that govern recreational fishing in NSW.  This is regulated by the NSW Department of Primary Industries.  This information is available from their website.

Where can I launch my boat from?

There are several locations along the river from which you can launch your boat.  The most popular and well-equipped boat ramp is located within the Georges River National Park at Revesby.

Revesby - Georges River National Park

Address:      End of The River Road, off Henry Lawson Drive

Facilities:    Well maintained and recently had major upgrade.  Very popular on weekends.  Jetty, toilets, parkland, BBQ
                  and picnic areas.

Parking:       Ample parking.  $7.00 daily motor vehicle entry fee.

For a complete list of boat ramps in Sydney, visit the NSW Roads & Maritime website.