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GRCCC and Aboriginal Communities Team Up for Catchment-Wide Improvements to Biodiversity

30 September 2013 

The Georges River Combined Councils’ Committee (GRCCC) announced it has received funding from the Australian Government to help restore high priority bushland and establish ecological connectivity across 150 hectares of the catchment.  

The ‘Building Indigenous Knowledge and Skills to Restore Urban Waterways’ project will be supported by an Australian Government grant of $1.78 million over three years.

The GRCCC worked closely with elders and representatives from the Local Aboriginal Land Councils within the Georges River Catchment to develop this successful project and the close partnership will continue through the implementation phase.

The project involves restoration work to improve biodiversity at key sites, selected by the GRCCC’s member councils for their importance within high priority corridor areas. Some of the restoration works will be performed by an Aboriginal Bush Regeneration Team comprised of a supervisor and trainees, who will work towards the attainment of qualifications in Conservation Land Management.

The Aboriginal Bush Regeneration Team will work across eight Local Government Areas within the Georges River catchment on pre-approved work sites. Work is expected to commence in March 2014. The sites are primarily located in urban areas and represent a full range of high value and critical estuarine and riparian areas across the catchment. Work sites include:

  • Bankstown LGA – Virginius Reserve (Little Salt Pan Creek), Padstow
  • Campbelltown LGA – Mansfield Creek and Spring Creek, St Helens Park
  • Fairfield LGA – Johnston Park and Sherwin Park (Orphan School Creek), Canley Vale
  • Hurstville LGA – Myles Dunphy Reserve, Oatley
  • Kogarah LGA – Oatley Point Reserve, Oatley and Baldface Point Reserve, Blakehurst
  • Liverpool LGA – Riverside Park, Chipping Norton
  • Rockdale LGA – Sandringham Foredune, Sandringham and Sans Souci Foredune, Sans Souci
  • Sutherland LGA – Carina Bay Reserve and Honeysuckle Reserve (Carina Creek), Como and Green Point Reserve, Como

Nominated on ground works throughout eight GRCCC member council LGAs include control of invasive weeds, revegetation, regeneration and erosion remediation works.

“Funding for this project is a significant recognition of the value that regional partnerships can bring in coordinating long-term environmental restoration,” said GRCCC Chairperson Naji Peter Najjar. “The GRCCC is proud to stand together with Local Aboriginal Land Councils on a project which fosters environmental resilience and community empowerment.”

The GRCCC is an incorporated association of nine local government councils working in partnership with state and federal government agencies and community representatives within the Georges River catchment. It represents local government in the Georges River catchment of NSW. Member councils include Bankstown City, Campbelltown City, Fairfield City, Hurstville City, Kogarah City, Liverpool City, Rockdale City, Sutherland Shire and Wollondilly Shire councils. The GRCCC is proudly hosted by Hurstville City Council, 2009-2016.

For more information on the program please contact info@georgesriver.org.au

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