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Historical & Cultural Importance

The Georges River was an important focal point for Aboriginal life and culture in the southern Sydney region, offering both food, transport and dreamtime links. Several major language groups existed along tLiverpool Weir to Simmos on waterhe river: Eora to the east, Dharug to the west, north and north-east, Dharawal to the south and Gandangarra in the far south-west.

The early 1800's saw European settler's migrating to the areas along the Georges River and the river became increasingly important as a transport route. Much of the catchment was cleared for farmlands and housing, however the banks stayed relatively untamed due to their rugged slopes. Development within the catchment has only flourished since WWII. The consequences of urbanisation in the catchment are significant, with stormwater pollution, increased runoff and vegetation loss all of great concern.

Liverpool weir, constructed in 1836 by convict labour, forms the tidal limit for the river. It was built to supply water to the town of Liverpool and to serve as a causeway across the Georges River.

The Georges River National Park was established in 1992. It is located in the middle reaches of the River within the Bankstown and Sutherland Council areas and covers approximately 5.14km2.  Prior to becoming a National Park, it was a state recreation area under the management of a trust.