Website increases public awareness of river health status

In 2009 the Georges River Combined Councils’ Committee (GRCCC) launched an interactive website that provides the community with regular updates on the catchment’s rehabilitation.

Located in southwestern Sydney, the Georges River rises five kilometres southeast of Appin near Campbelltown at a height of 350 metres and winds its way 96 kilometres to Botany Bay.

The GRCCC comprises Sutherland, Rockdale, Bankstown, Hurstville, Kogarah, Fairfield, Wollondilly, Liverpool and Campbelltown Councils.

Hurstville Mayor Philip Sansom said residents living near the river and its tributaries can log on to the website to learn about the sustainability initiatives GRCCC is carrying out through its Riverhealth Monitoring Program.

“The NSW Environmental Trust has invested more than
$6.5 million in Georges River sustainability initiatives through local councils and government agencies,” Councillor Sansom said. “This website is a rich repository of information about the river and explains how everyday people can contribute to the long term sustainable management of this valuable natural asset. It is a one stop shop for residents, schools, community groups, government agencies and stakeholders to find the information they need about the river and the work underway to protect it.”

Website features include:

  • interactive maps – the community can identify hotspots where river sustainability is progressing and find information on each project site
  • background information – reports, plans, publications and research papers on local waterways
  • education kit – resources for teachers and students studying the Georges River and environmental sustainability
  • calendar – opportunities for community involvement in river health events
  • recreation – leisure and sport on the river
  • ecology – plants, animals, food and catchment areas of the river
  • quick links to participating councils, government agencies, community groups and stakeholders.

The website was launched last year to coincide with National Water Week from 18 to 24 October.

For further information visit the Georges River website at www.georgesriver.org.au