Cooks River Alliance
The Cooks River Alliance was launched in September 2011 by eight councils in the Cooks River Catchment – Ashfield, Bankstown, Canterbury, City of Sydney, Hurstville, Marrickville, Strathfield and Rockdale. The Alliance employs a small and dedicated team to help address the complex problems of the Cooks River and maximise the efficient use of member councils’ limited resources. Alliance activities include: engaging with people living and working in the Cooks River Catchment, monitoring water quality, seeking funding, managing the construction of on-ground works, and advocating and lobbying for legislative amendments to help improve the health of the Catchment. Please contact us ifor more information.
Welcome & News
River Health Volunteers needed
Get to know your River! Help monitor ecosystem health by assisting with scientific sampling in the Cooks and Georges River. Bookings and details here
The Alliance receives Australian Government funding
The Alliance is very pleased to have received a $2 million grant from the Australian Government’s Caring for our County initiative. See details in our media release, here.
Wetlands walk & talk information session, 10am – 12:30pm Saturday 7 September 2013
See this download: Streamwatch Volunteers invite 7-9-2013 , for details on this event, at Chullora Wetlands where the Cooks River rises!
The Alliance is now recruiting for two new positions. All the details are on host council Strathfield’s website, here. The closing date is 14th August 2013.
On 12 July 2013 Roger Cameron of Marrickville came across a terrible pollution event at Cup and Saucer Creek on the Cooks River. He took photos and reported it to the City of Canterbury, who engaged NSW Fire and Rescue to attempt a clean up. Sydney Water is testing the pollutant.
Cooks River Councils & Community Groups call for a CDS
The Cooks River Alliance, the Cooks River Valley Association and the Wolli Creek Preservation Society have joined forces to call upon State and Australian Governments to create a national Container Deposit System.
Welcome new Community Board Representatives
The Alliance is pleased to welcome new Community Representatives to the Board: John Butcher, Helen Hume and Paul Thomas. There was strong interest in the new Board positions from across the catchment, with 19 applications in all. We look forward to working closely with our new Board members, on the health of the Cooks River.
Community Board Members Wanted!
30 April 2013 – The Cooks River Board resolved on 13 March to invite three Community Members to join the Board. Community Board Members are sought from across the catchment area. Download the application information. Applications close Friday 31 May 2013. Contact Chris on 9748 9644 with any questions.
Cooks River Alliance Board Calls for Container Deposit Legislation
12 June 2012 – Cooks River Alliance Board members have voted unanimously to call for the introduction of container deposit legislation in NSW.
At their quarterly meeting the Board, consisting of councillors from the eight Alliance member councils, acknowledged the enormous impact of pollution on the health of the Cooks River and its catchment, in particular their concern regarding the number of beverage containers which collect on the banks and in the river itself. To view our media release on this issue, please click here.