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There are many ways that you can get involved caring for the Georges River, and every little bit helps.  Below are some ways you can help to protect the Georges River and it's environment. Bushcare Volunteers at Morgan

For more information on activities that you can get involved in contact your local Council.  You can also visit our Education pages for more information and tips on how you can make a difference. Visit our Environmental and Community Groups page for a list of environmental groups throughout the Georges River Catchment that you can get involved in and become a part of.   

Source to Sea 11-30 May, 2015.

Source to Sea events are taking place in May 2015.  Focusing on National Volunteer Week, there are two events being held on the Georges River in partnership with NPWS and Bushcare Groups.  On Monday 11 May you can explore the Georges River upper reaches starting at Campbelltown, where you will travel to Dharawal National Park with morning tea at Minerva Pool.  Travel to Simmo's beach Macquarie Fields and kayak upstream and return for lunch.   Tuesday 12 May will explore the lower reaches commencing with breakfast at Chipping Norton Lakes, where you will meet with the Riverkeeper and the Aboriginal Riverkeeper Trainees.   Lunch is at Oatley Park followed by a visit to Lime Kiln Bay and wetlands.  You can then kayak from Lambeth Reserve to Georges River National Park.  There is transport available from the starting points both days.   For more information on activities:  pdf icon Source to Sea May 2015 (839.73kB) and please register at https://nswtrade.wufoo.com/forms/source-to-sea-2015-events-register/

ANSTO Citizen Scientist - Summer 2015

Become a Citizen Scientist this summer with the ANSTO Plastic project.  Join and participate in plastics research by collecting and recording plastic litter samples on Sutherland Shire beaches and riverbanks. 

All Citizen Scientists will receive a collection bag and data logbook and will be able to enter data online with the opportunity to share information and go in the draw to win prizes.

Visist the ANSTO website for details on how to get involved www.ansto.gov.au/plastics 

Yeramblers Bushcare Group

The Yeramblers are a community group that aim to improve the condition of Yeramba Lagoon and the surrounding bushland by preserving and rehabilitating the bushland.

They meet the first Saturday of the month from 9:30 - 12:30 at Amberdale Reserve, Amberdale Ave in Picnic Point. Bankstown Council's Bushcare program provides all tools, uniforms, training and support so come along to make a difference in your local bushland. For more information contact Bankstown Council's Bushcare Officer, 9707 9999.

See Bankstown Council's Bushcare website for more information. 

BushcareBankstown Bushcare

Bushcare is a community-based volunteer program supported by Local Councils that encourages residents to get involved in looking after your local bushland. 

In many cases, Bushcare is an integral part of the management of the bushland across Sydney and together with the work carried out by Council and professional bush regenerators, volunteers make a significant contribution to the conservation and management of valuable local bushland areas.

Bushcare is a wonderful opportunity to meet other residents while doing something worthwhile for the local environment.  You will learn valuable skills, develop new friendships, discover more about local flora and fauna and gain a sense of satisfaction on seeing the rehabilitation of a reserve.

Contact your local Council to find out how you can get involved in Bushcare near you. 

Streamwatch
Streamwatch Logo

Streamwatch is a volunteer water monitoring program run by Australian Museum.  It supports local groups and schools across Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Illawarra and Southern Highland regions to investigate and take action on water quality and catchment and ecosystem health.

Streamwatch can help evaluate the positive impacts of remediation projects and identify local issues so that action can be taken.  Streamwatch data can also provide an early warning system for pollution events and a historical record of how waterways have changed.  The data and other information gathered by Streamwatch groups is used by local councils, natural resource managers, landowners and other land managers to help guide their projects and management activities along rivers and waterways.

Visit the Streamwatch pages for more information and how your group or school can become involved.

Clean Up Australia Day

Clean Up Australia Day is a national event that has been running for almost 20 years.  Each year, hundreds of thousands of Australians lend a hand to clean up rubbish from rivers, beaches, parklands and bushland.

Held in early March each year, Clean Up Australia Day is fun, easy and everyone can get involved.  Individuals and local groups can either organise a Clean Up site or volunteer to join an existing site. The GRCCC hosts at least one cleanup on the river. For more information contact your local Council, or visit the Clean Up Australia Day website. 

National Tree DayNational Tree Day

National Tree Day is Australia's biggest community tree-planting event and a chance for all Australians to help Australia's environment and climate by planting native trees and shrubs at a Tree Day site in their local area.

Held around the end of July each year, Tree Day is an opportunity for schools, community groups and local residents to come together to make a positive difference to our environment.  Growing local native trees, shrubs and ground covers helps to provide food and shelter for Australia's wildlife, increase native biodiversity and combat the habitat loss that threatens much of our wildlife.

For more information, contact your local Council, or visit the National Tree Day website.

Oatley Flora & Fauna Conservation Society 

Oatley Flora and Fauna Society (O.F.F) was formed in 1955 by local residents concerned about the vandalism of flora and fauna in Oatley Park, a bush land reserve in Sydney, metropolitan area.

Over the years the area of interest has expanded and the primary aims of the Society are to stimulate interest in Australian flora and fauna; foster an understanding of the need to conserve natural environment and cooperate with other organisations in protecting the environment.

Volunteers and community members welcome. Contact OFF

Subscribe to SNaC - Sydney Nature Carer's email listDumped tyres in Mill Creek Catchment

This network has been formed to encourage on-ground environmental groups and interested community members to share ideas and knowledge, and discuss their experiences with others who are similarly involved.  Visit the Sydney Nature Carers site and have your say.