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    Georges River Health Report Card for 2015-16 Released

    The latest River Health report card has been released. The pdf icon River Health Report Card 2015 16 (4.06MB) provides an assessment of the ecological health of waterways across the Georges River catchment. The media release, is available here: pdf icon Report card 15-16 media release (226.37kB) and supported by a Questions and Answers document docx icon Q & A 2015 16 (3.11MB)

    Aboriginal Riverkeeper Team

    The first round of the Aboriginal Riverkeeper Trainees have completed their training and have moved on to a range of roles.  Read on for more details of their achievments pdf icon Aboriginal River Team Save Culture and the Environment (702.59kB) 

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    Call for Volunteers to assist our Scientist with River Health monitoring

    Community volunteers are sought to come along and work alongside ecologists identifying macroinvertebrates (waterbugs) at two sites in the catchment in May 2016. Interested people, community organisations, school groups and Bushcare groups are encouraged to volunteer.  Bookings are essential - please see flyer pdf icon Volunteers flyer (100.01kB)

    For the full media release please click on - pdf icon Media Release call for Autumn 2016 volunteers (154.44kB)

    Georges River Health Report Card for 2014-15 Released

    The eighth Georges River Report Card on the health of the River has been released. The River Health Ecological Monitoring Program Report Card provides a 'snapshot' of the health of the whole of the Georges River over 2014-15. The media release, is available here: pdf icon Rh RC 2014 15 Media Release (219.49kB) and supported by a Questions and Answers document pdf icon Q & A 2015 (248.38kB).

     

    Riverkeeper Program delivers significant rubbish collection and bush regeneration results

     The GRCCC Riverkeeper Program Report Card for 2014-15 has now been released. It shows the significant resources and effort that has gone into catchment-scale cleanup and bush regeneration, across the Georges River catchment.

    For the full media release, please click on pdf icon Riverkeeper Report Card 2014 2015 Media Release (157.23kB)

    To view the Report Card, click on pdf icon Riverkeeper Report Card 2015 (3.24MB)

     

    River Health Volunteers needed for Georges River

    Community volunteers are sought to come along and work alongside ecologists identifying macroinvertebrates (waterbugs) at two sites in the catchment in September and November 2015.  Community organisations, school groups and Bushcare groups are encouraged to volunteer.  Bookings are essential - please see flyer pdf icon 2015 River Health Volunteers (98.61kB)

    For the full media release please click on - pdf icon River Health Volunteers needed for Georges River (155.85kB)  

    Aboriginal Riverkeeper Teams Successful First Year of Achievement

    The Aboriginal Riverkeeper Team has rehabilitated 7.2 hectares of bushland across the Georges River catchment. For more details on the teams significant restoration efforts and the work sites in eight GRCCC participating member council LGAs, please click here. pdf icon Aboriginal Riverkeeper Team - Year 1 highlights (776.51kB)

    Green Army teams deliver positive results for the Georges River

    Green Army teams have rehabilitated significant areas of bushland across the Georges River catchment. The three teams working across the upper, mid and lower George River as part of the GRCCC Riverkeeper Program have restored a total of approximately 16,500m² of bushland at high priority member Council sites.  

    For the full media release and a list of the priority sites across eight GRCCC participating member council LGAs, please click onpdf icon Green Army Stage 1 Results (125.57kB).

    GRCCC Concerns for the Georges River

    The Georges River Combined Councils’ Committee Inc. (GRCCC), representing Councils, over 1 million residents and recreationists in the Georges River catchment, are concerned with numerous environmental issues impacting the Georges River and are calling on the State Government to address these concerns.

    For the full media release, please click on pdf icon GRCCC State of Georges River (230.78kB)

    Riverkeeper Report Card Released 2013-14

    The Riverkeeper Report Card for 2013-14 has been released. It highlights catchment-scale cleanup and bush regeneration results across the Georges River by the Riverkeeper Program for the year.

    For the full media release, please click on pdf icon Report Card Media Release 2014 (108.30kB)

    To view the report card, click on  pdf icon Report Card 2013-14 (4.48MB)

    Georges River Health Report Card for 2013-14 Released

    The seventh Georges River Report Card on the health of the River has been released. The Community River Health Monitoring Program Report Card provides a 'snapshot' of the health of the whole of the Georges River over 2013-14.

    For the full media release, please click on pdf icon Report Card 2013-14 Media Release (234.71kB)

    To view the report card, click on  pdf icon River Health RC 2013-14 (6.07MB)

    GRCCC and Aboriginal Communities Team Up - 18 September 2014

    The GRCCC is proud to announce that an Aboriginal Bush Regeneration team has commenced work to restore bushland and establish ecological connectivity across 150 hectares of the Georges River catchment.

    The team is a GRCCC Riverkeeper grant program, supported through funding by the Australian Government to manage the natural and cultural heritage of the Georges River catchment, over the next three years.

    For the media release click here pdf icon GRCCC and Aboriginal Communities team up (201.36kB)

    GRCCC Announces the Launch of the Green Army Programme in the Georges River catchment

    The GRCCC is proud to announce the launch of the Australian Governments Green Army project.  Green Army teams of young participants aged 17-24 will work across the upper, mid and lower George River catchment area to restore high priority bushland. The primary activities will be bush regeneration through weed treatment, natural regeneration and revegetation as well as improving the water quality of the Georges River by cleaning up the waterway through rubbish removal.

    The GRCCC met with the Prime Minister Mr. Tony Abbott, Federal Environment Minister Mr. Greg Hunt, and Federal Members for Parliament Mr. Nickolas Varvaris, Mr. David Coleman and Mr. Craig Kelly on Saturday 2nd August 2014 at Carss Bush Park on the lower Georges River to launch the programme.  

    For the media release click here pdf icon Green Army programme launch (109.30kB)

    Interested young persons should contact Conservation Volunteers Australia http://www.conservationvolunteers.com.au/green-army

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      Prime Minister Mr. Tony Abbott & GRCCC Chairperson Cl Naji Peter Najjar with Federal MPs

    Offenders clean up their acts in award-winning Georges River project

     Community-based offenders have spearheaded $1 million worth of free labour spent restoring the Georges River in the past year, in a project that has just won an environmental protection award.

    Georges River Combined Councils’ Committee (GRCCC) and Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) have won Keep Australia Beautiful’s 2013 Clean Beaches Award for the Sydney/Illawarra region for their partnership in the Georges Riverkeeper Program.

    The Riverkeeper Program was also highly commended in the Regional Community Partnerships category.

    For the media release click here pdf icon Riverkeeper Program Shares Award 2013 (682.54kB)

    Left to right: Bill Hopley (CSNSW), Fairfield Councillor George Barcha, GRCCC Riverkeeper Tony Wales, Bankstown Councillor & GRCCC Chair Naji Peter Najjar and Donna Shaw (CS NSW)

     

     

     

     

    GRCCC Awaits Information on Environmental Impacts of the Moorebank Intermodal Proposal

     

    The Georges River Combined Councils’ Committee, Inc. (GRCCC) is eagerly awaiting on information from proponents of the Moorebank Intermodal Freight Terminal in order to more thoroughly understand the environmental impacts of the development on the Georges River.

    The GRCCC has invited the proponents of the MIT to present to a committee meeting in the New Year to inform the GRCCC of this proposal. The GRCCC will also review the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) when issued. After reviewing the EIS the GRCCC will make a submission that includes recommendations to ensure environmental impacts from the proposal are minimised.

    The GRCCC is an apolitical organisation whose mission is “to effectively advocate by developing programs and partnerships, and by lobbying government organisations and stakeholders to protect, conserve and enhance the Georges River. The GRCCC aims to promote the River and its values consistently across the catchment.”

    Accordingly the GRCCC is keen to review an Environmental Impact Statement as soon as it becomes available in order to develop an informed stance on the issue. pdf icon GRCCC Awaits Information on Environmental Impacts of the Moorebank Intermodal Proposal (52.49kB)

    GRCCC Issues Concern over Impacts of Glenfield Wastewater Treatment Plant Failure

    The Georges River Combined Councils’ Committee (GRCCC), representing Councils, residents and recreationists in the Georges River catchment, has expressed serious concern about the environmental impacts resulting from the Glenfield Wastewater Treatment Plant failure which occurred on 22 November 2013.

    As a result of the plant failure, approximately 150 mega litres of untreated wastewater began flowing directly into Bunbury-Curran Creek and into the Georges River.

    Sydney Water acknowledged that a valve failure at the plant, which combined with an intense downpour and high inflow of wastewater, flooded the pumping station.

    “The Committee urges Sydney Water to take stronger preventative measures to ensure this does not happen again,” said GRCCC Chairperson Cr Naji Peter Najjar. “When accidents of this magnitude impact upon human and environmental health, we contend that change is needed.”

    For a copy of the media release, see: pdf icon GRCCC Concern GWTP Failure (141.08kB) 

    River Health Program Releases Report Card for Georges and Cooks Rivers, 2012-13

    The second combined Georges River and Cooks River Report Card on the health of the Rivers has been released. The Community River Health Monitoring Program Report Card provides a 'snapshot' of the health of the whole of the Georges River and Cooks River over 2012-2013.

    For the full media release, please click on pdf icon Media Release Report Card 2012-13 (380.89kB)

    To view the report card, click on pdf icon Georges River 2013 Report Card (3.04MB).

    Community River Health Monitoring Program Wins NSW Urban Landcare Award

    The Georges River Combined Councils’ Committee (GRCCC) Community River Health Monitoring Program has been awarded the top prize in the Urban Landcare category of the biennial NSW Landcare Awards. http://www.landcareonline.com.au/news/archive/2011-nsw-landcare-awards/ To read the media release, click the document here pdf icon River Health Program Wins Landcare Award (166.06kB)

     

    River Health Program Seeks Volunteers across Georges and Cooks River for Spring 2011

    Volunteers are being sought to participate in the first ever multiple river monitoring program which will gauge the ecosystem health of the entire Botany Bay catchment. Sampling will take place in streams and foreshore sites in the Georges River and Cooks River. For the full media release, click on the document pdf icon River Health Program Seeks Volunteers across Georges and Cooks River  (163.55kB)

    LGRSI Getting Greener! Program Underway

    Five local community groups are partnering with the Lower Georges River Sustainability Initiative through the Getting Greener! Program to encourage sustainable practices within the Lower Georges River catchment.

    For the full media release, click on the document pdf icon Getting Greener! media release (293.45kB)

    GRCCC Expands River Health Program to Cooks River

    The efforts of councils, community groups and students to monitor the health of the Georges River will continue through 2013, and be expanded to the Cooks River as well.

    For the full media release, click on the document. pdf icon GRCCC Announces funding Media Release (164.61kB)

    GRCCC Applauds BHP Billiton Decision to Shelve Longwall Mining Proposal

    Echoing the sentiments of several environmental groups, the Georges River Combined Councils’ Committee (GRCCC) applauded BHP Billiton’s recent decision to shelve plans for a coal mine under the Dharawal State Conservation Area.

    For the full media release, click on the document. pdf icon GRCCC Applauds BHP Decision (162.78kB)

    GRCCC Issues Concern over Longwall Mining Proposal in Upper Georges River

    As the planning minister decides whether to approve a 30-year proposal by BHP to extract coal from Woronora and Cataract drinking water catchments, the Georges River Combined Councils' Committee (GRCCC) has added its voice to a growing network of opposition.

    For the full media release, click on the document. pdf icon GRCCC.BSO longwall mine_MR_18Oct2010 (163.58kB)

    Release of second River Health Monitoring Report Card - 14th October

    The second Report Card on the health of the Georges River has been released. The Community River Health Monitoring Program Report Card provides a 'snapshot' of the health of the whole of the Georges River and is the second of four Report Cards to be released during a two year monitoring program.

    For the full media release, please click on the attached document.  pdf icon River Health Report Card Autumn 2010 (173.87kB)

    To view the Autumn 2010 report card, click here.

    Article in the Macarthur Advertiser by Dr Ian Wright of the UWS

    NATURAL sciences expert Ian Wright believes the current mining operations of Illawarra Coal are already damaging the Georges River.

    See the link below for the article by Dr Ian Wright of the University of Western Sydney in the Campbelltown Macarthur Advertiser, in relation to the Bulli Seam Operation and potential impacts on the Georges River.

    http://www.macarthuradvertiser.com.au/news/local/news/general/expert-has-environmental-concerns/1859891.aspx

    Lower Georges River Sustainability Initiative (LGRSI) getting greener! program - Launched 17th May

    The Lower Georges River Sustainability Initiative (LGRSI) has launched the getting greener! program which is all about improving sustainability across the Lower Georges River catchment, that incorporates parts of Hurstville City, Kogarah City, Rockdale City, and Sutherland Shire council areas. 

    For the full media release, please click on the attached document.

    doc file Media Release - Getting Greener (154.00kB)

    River Health Monitoring Report Card - Launched 19th April 2010

    Riverhealth Macro Training - Lime Kiln Bay

    The first Report Card on the health of the Georges River has been released. The Community River Health Monitoring Program Report Card is the first of four Report Cards to be released during a two year monitoring program.

    For the full media release, please click on the attached document.

    doc file River Health Report Card Media Release (66.50kB)