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  • "Caped Crusaders on a Mission to Save Cabramatta's Flying Foxes" - Daily Telegraph

    Friday, 24 January 2014

  • "Making a Stink about Georges River Overflows" - SMH 16 Dec 2013

    Monday, 16 December 2013

  • Public Invited to Free Story-telling, Music Celebration of Bankstown Baths

    Thursday, 14 November 2013

  • Georges River Current - Issue #3

    Wednesday, 6 November 2013

  • Bankstown City Council takes 2013 Green Globe for Waste & Recycling

    Tuesday, 1 October 2013

    Bankstown City Council – ‘Wheelie Good' compost and mulch giveaways WheelieGood The Sydney metropolitan compost and mulch market has become saturated largely due to councils’ garden organics collection services. In 2010-11, Sydney metro councils collected over 280,000 tonnes for processing. As the Sydney compost market has become saturated, the product cost has fallen, with processors sending product further afield, increasing the logistics cost and in turn, increasing the processing costs for councils. At the same time, the Sydney community has moved away from home composting, relying on their council collection service. This is weakening the link between what residents place in their garden organics bin and the end product. Furthermore, a closed-loop approach by councils has been deemed too difficult or not their responsibility, contributing to the market saturation whilst robbing local communities of the opportunity to improve local soil quality. In response, Bankstown City Counci

  • Paddlers spot platypus in Georges River at Kentlyn

    Thursday, 26 September 2013

    IT is the confirmation of a long-held hope — there is a platypus population that calls the upper Georges River home. Members of the Macarthur branch of the NSW National Parks Association and platypus expert Tom Grant carried out a survey of the waterway in bushland west of Campbelltown last weekend. To read more, visit

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    Coastal Zone Management Plan for Georges River is Finalised

    Tuesday, 10 September 2013

    After four years, the Georges River Estuary Coastal Zone Management Plan has been finalised and is awaiting formal adoption by all councils. This stage involved a lengthy consultation phase both with the Georges River Estuary Management Committee, State and Local agencies and the community. Three workshops were held which developed the 9 broad aims of the study and identified 27 Management Ovjectives which relate to each of the 9 broad aims. The 27 management objectives were prioritised and ranked based on the importance of each aim and the degree to which the objective addressed the Aims. Each council has developed action plans relating to the key areas of focus within the estuary management plan, namely: Water Quality Aquatic and Riparian Habitat Recreation and Amenity Landuse Planning and Development Bank erosion and Sedimentation Foreshore Protection Natural and Cultural Heritage Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

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    Sutherland Bushcare a Strong Achiever in Annual Volunteerism Survey

    Friday, 21 June 2013

    Sutherland Shire Bushcare logged over 24,000 hours and nearly 900 regular members in 2012-2013. These totals far outnumber other Bushcare organisational numbers for the Sydney Metropolitan area. This is according to the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority (HNCMA) Environmental Volunteering Survey. The Survey valued the work of 27,971 environmental volunteers in 61 Sydney-based bush regeneration organisations at $5.96 million. The number of environmental volunteers has increased 54% from 2009 to 2012. Committed volunteers contributed 163,250 hours in 2012.

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    Lower Georges River Sustainability Initiative ends its 3-year run

    Wednesday, 11 July 2012

    2 July 2012 The Lower Georges River Sustainability Initiative finished its three-year run in June, and is reflecting upon its successful projects. The LGRSI was a partnership between Hurstville City, Kogarah City, Rockdale City and Sutherland Shire councils, the Sydney Metropolitan catchment Authority and the Georges River Combined Councils’ Committee, through assistance from the NSW Environmental Trust. The project worked within the four councils to build their capacity to adopt sustainable policies and practices. Through a focus on sustainable urban water management, council staff has developed awareness and technical skills needed to design and build water-sensitive developments. Councils also developed sustainable purchasing and events policies, and assessed their own effectiveness in managing for sustainability in local government.

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    Rockdale Council Invites Residents: Have Your Say!

    Friday, 29 June 2012

    Help shape the future management of Rockdale City’s natural areas! With your help Council is about to prepare a new Biodiversity Strategy that will assist us to responsibly conserve and improve your City’s natural environment. Biodiversity is a term used to describe the variety of living things in our environment, including native plants and animals (including threatened and endangered species). A healthy natural environment is usually one with a high biodiversity. Visit to take a quick 5 minute survey.

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    "Think Global/Film Local" Short Film Competition explores environmentalism in St George

    Wednesday, 23 May 2012

    The Think Global/Film Local film competition and festival is about showcasing local environmental action and local community stewardship. The competition is open to anyone who lives, works or studies in the St George Council areas (Rockdale, Kogarah, Hurstville) and prizes will be awarded in 5 categories.

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    University NSW teams up with LGRSI and SMCMA on benthic sampling research in the Georges River Estuary

    Thursday, 2 February 2012

    University NSW researchers conducted an environmental assessment of benthic foraminifera (organisms living on the seabed) life and distribution in the Georges River. This community lives in or near marine sedimentary environments, surviving on organic matter which drifts down from higher up in the water column or from onshore runoff. Benthic organisms play an important part in the food chain for fish and humans. View the research paper conducted by UNSW and published Nov 2011: Distribution and Occurrence of Benthic Foraminifera in the Georges River (4.60MB)