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Riverkeeper Report Card: Teams Tally Another 100+ Tonnes of Rubbish Removed in 2012-13

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For a copy of the 2012/13, click here: pdf icon 2012-13 Riverkeeper Report Card (3.28MB)

Though litter and dumping continue to be a problem in the Georges River catchment, Riverkeeper teams are meeting the challenge by continuing to remove large volumes of rubbish and achieving effective environmental restoration milestones.

For the second straight year, the Georges River Combined Councils’ Committee (GRCCC) Riverkeeper Program has removed in excess of 100 tonnes of rubbish from the river’s foreshores, parklands and tributaries. This year, Riverkeeper teams removed 103,638 kgs of rubbish and logged 28,332 hours at 130 sites across nine local government areas between July 2012 and June 2013. Bush regeneration teams have worked to improve bushland across over 18,406m2 of foreshore bushland.

The Riverkeeper Program Report Card 2012-13 (released officially on Wednesday 2 October 2013) demonstrates catchment-scale cleanup and bush regeneration results of the Riverkeeper Program for the year. The Report Card also profiles a number of local river users, and their hobbies and initiatives.

The significant clean up and restoration results for the year are achieved through the GRCCCs partnership with Corrective Services NSW by using work teams comprised of individuals on Intensive Correction Orders who are required to carry out community service. The Riverkeeper Program also works regularly with teams from organisations such as Scouts NSW, State Emergency Services, school groups and other community volunteer groups to perform bush regeneration and rubbish collection.

The Riverkeeper Program also works closely with several state government agencies. These include the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, National Parks Association, and the Office of Environment and Heritage’s Estuary Management Program.

Since 1999, the Riverkeeper Program has provided on-ground cleanup and restoration works to minimise the impact of urbanisation on the Georges River.

The two main focus areas for the program are to 1) remove rubbish (gross pollutants) from the river foreshores, creeks and tributaries which enter via the stormwater system into the river, or as a result of illegal dumping and littering and 2) increase the biodiversity of remnant bushland and riparian (river bank) vegetation through the targeted removal of weeds, revegetation and natural regeneration.

The results show why the program was recognised by Keep Australia Beautiful in 2011 as NSW’s best environmental and waste management initiative, and why the Georges River was a finalist in the 2012 Riverprize, awarded by the International Riverfoundation and Australian Government. The GRCCC is named a finalist in the 2013 Banksia Awards in the Water Category. Awards will be announced 9 October. 

For more information on the program, or to volunteer, please contact info@georgesriver.org.au

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