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Mid Georges River Urban Sustainability Initiative

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NSW environmental trust Bankstown City Council Sutherland Shire Council   

The Mid Georges River Sustainability Initiative (MGRSI) aimed to create a healthy, balanced ecosystem and a shared vision for the Georges River by the community, stakeholders and all levels of government. 


The program was delivered over three years from 2008 to 2011. For a copy of the MGRSI Final Report, click pdf icon Final Report (6.20MB)

2010 - 2011 Project Highlights

Yeramba Lagoon
  • 'It's Our Yeramba' 2011 calendar featured quotes and photos of local residents, Bushcare volunteers, school students, environmentalists and recreational groups. It was distributed to every household and school in the catchment.Eucalyptus longifolia
  • New track head sign and directional totems were installed along Loop Track. A new brochure was made to promote the walk and is available to from the NPWS, Georges River and BCC websites.
  • Yeramblers Bushcare group carried out weeding and maintenance at Amberdale Reserve, and displayed 'We're protecting Yeramba Lagoon' garden signs at home. The group has been integrated with Bankstown's Bushcare program.
  • Seven 'Dob in a Dumper' signs were installed along Henry Lawson Drive, and four old signs were removed. Signage promoting responsible disposal of fishing lines, hooks and tackle was produced for the fishing spot opposite Yeramba Lagoon.
  • Stormwater drain stencilling was completed with 60 drains painted with the messages 'Don't litter - drains to river' and 'Drains to Yeramba Lagoon'.
  • 250 tonnes of aquatic weed was removed from the lagoon. MGRSI commenced a biological control trial using Salvinia Weevil, released in September 2010, in partnership with NSW Industry and Investment. Monitoring is ongoing.
  • PDC detainees worked at Kennedy St drainage line treating and pulling weeds and spreading native seeds. The team closed off trail bike tracks to promote rehabilitation.
  • A 39m grassed swale and two sandstone sculptures were installed at Amberdale Reserve.
  • MGRSI allocated funds to NPWS to install a new length of environmentally friendly sandstone sea wall opposite the lagoon.
  • Concept designs for removal of the weir and reintroduction of tidal flows were finalised and provided to NPWS for management of the site.
Mill Creek
        • The Mill Creek 'Tread Lightly' Photo Competition awards night was held in July 2010 with images showcased at a Menai Marketplace exhibition. Images from were compiled in a 2011 calendar and distributed to 2500 households in the catchment.
        • A non-profit educational organisation was engaged to develop brochures explaining how people can reduce the impacts of four wheel driving and trail bike riding, and the distribution and promotion of these materials through new and existing networks.
        • New signs warning people about illegal use of bushland were installed at eleven locations in Menai and Alford's Point along the residential interface.
        • Bush regeneration, weed control and mitigation of stormwater impacts continued at 18 degraded sites in the catchment. At Hall Drive weed control was coordinated with a prescribed hazard reduction burn in February 2011.
        • Six new sites in the Mill Creek catchment have been included in Sutherland's water quality monitoring program.
        • At three locations boom gates are being installed with 50m of steel barrier railing to restrict illegal off-road vehicles into sensitive areas.
        • The MGRSI allocated funds to SMCMA to continue their 'Land Alive' program and maintain an Indigenous land management team on Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council lands. The team received accredited training to attain a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management.
        • Menai Wildflower Group was engaged to map a new walking route and identify track improvements. Numbered directional totems were installed along the route and detailed track notes were created using text and images provided by the MWG. The track notes will be available to download from the Council and NPWS websites.
        • The three Georges River Urban Sustainability Projects hosted a WSUD conference in the form of a dinner cruise along the Georges River, aimed at engaging Councillors and Executive staff. The event was attended by over 60 people from 27 organisations. Experts from Monash University and University of Western Sydney spoke about the past, present and future of urban water management. Guests were given a folio that showcased WSUD projects already commissioned by Councils and highlighted achievements of the existing initiatives.

OverviewGeorges River and Salt Marsh at Mill Creek

In 2007, Bankstown and Sutherland Councils, along with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the Georges River Combined Councils Committee (GRCCC) successfully secured $1.8 million over three years through the Environmental Trust's Urban Sustainability Program to help improve the management and health of the mid Georges River. 

The project incorporates both state and local levels of government for the management of two sub-catchments of the Georges River.  It will address the responsibilities of all stakeholders, involve the local community and Aboriginal groups in decision-making and provide a means of information and resource sharing amongst project partners/participants.

To view the Project Update from November 2010, click the following document: pdf icon MGRSI Project Report.28Oct2010 (130.84kB) 

To view the MGRSI Strategic Management Plan and Education, click here.


The Project Sites

The Mid Georges River Sustainability Initiative is focusing on two sub-catchments of the Mid-Georges River - Mill Creek and Yeramba Lagoon.

pdf icon Mill Creek Map (592.72kB)  pdf icon Yeramba Lagoon Map (817.40kB) Weeds at Yeramba Lagoon

pdf icon Yeramba loop walk (926.04kB)

Mill Creek and Yeramba Lagoon represent two very different eco-regions of the Mid-Georges River Catchment.  Both are heavily impacted by a number of different land use activities resulting in environmental degradation and requiring long-term management.

The sites require on-going management to minimise the urban stormwater impacts on the existing infrastructure and natural waterways, and to alleviate the impacts of damaging recreational activities.

This project will address long-term management objectives of the two project locations to ensure:

  • A balance of competing demands (recreational, environmental and commercial);
  • Education and empowerment of the community, stakeholders and government organisations on their responsibilities over the health of the Georges River;
  • Long-term reduced need for maintenance and costs by moving towards a more sustainable environment;
  • The creation of a framework for the management of other sub-catchments within the Georges River catchment area. 


The overall objective is for the River to attain a balanced ecosystem with a healthy foreshore, through initiatives developed with stakeholders and the community for long-term sustainability.  It will provide Mouth of Mill Creek after raina framework for balancing the competing uses including recreation (motor bikes, 4WDs), environmental amenity and protecting wildlife corridors. Restoration initiatives aim for a long-term improvement in river health.

The major project objectives are as follows:

  • Multi-disciplinary information exchange and decision-making;
  • Improved urban water management;
  • Improved health of the Georges River; it’s tributaries and the quality of the urban environment;
  • Greater community ownership and engagement;
  • Long-term sustainable management.