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Council renews Cooks River commitment

Council renews Cooks River commitment The City of Canterbury Bankstown has renewed its membership of the Cooks River Alliance and is looking to further increase its commitment to protecting the health of its waterways. No Council renews Cooks River commitment The City of Canterbury Bankstown has renewed its membership of the Cooks River Alliance and is looking to further increase its commitment to protecting the health of its waterways.  
Cooks River

​​The City of Canterbury Bankstown has renewed its membership of the Cooks River Alliance and is looking to further increase its commitment to protecting the health of its waterways.

The decision was made following a review of Council’s membership. It found the Alliance should be able to continue to operate as a collaborative and financially viable catchment group.

Council Administrator, Richard Colley, said the review also looked at Canterbury-Bankstown possibly hosting the Alliance when Strathfield Council’s term expires later this year.

“With 34 per cent of the river’s catchment now in the City of Canterbury Bankstown, there is an opportunity to take the lead on managing an effective catchment group,” Mr Colley said.

“As the largest stakeholder in the Cooks River catchment, this is about protecting and improving the health of the Cooks River for future generations to enjoy.

“I certainly believe we have the capacity to provide efficient and effective administration.”

Over the past four years, the Alliance, has implemented a number of strategies to improve the health of the Cooks River. They include:

  • The installation of three raingardens to improve the quality of stormwater entering the river system at Forrester Reserve, and Kingsbury Reserve, Kingsgrove, and at Bowden Boulevarde, Yagoona;
  • Providing a forum for partnership projects, such as the litter boom at Boat Harbour and Fifth Avenue, and the constructed wetlands at Cup and Saucer Creek to improve water quality;
  • Monitoring the health of the river through the River Health Monitoring Program; and
  • Working closely with volunteer groups to maintain the river and surrounds.

“It’s important we continue to work collaboratively with the Alliance and other member Councils to deliver more strategies to improve the ongoing future health of the river,” Mr Colley said.


 16/06/2017 4:23 PM