Gayle Adams honoured with Life Membership of the CRVA

At the CRVA general meeting on 27th October, Gayle Adams was conferred with Life Membership of the CRVA in acknowlegement of her extensive contributions to the CRVA and the Cooks River Valley community.
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Gayle Adams receiving her Life Membership Award from John Butcher, President (left) & Peter Munro, vice-president (right).

Click on links below to see Gayle’s award and citation.
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CRVA Annual Report 2014-15

The CRVA has just concluded another successful year. The many achievements, the ongoing goals of the Association and a celebration of action along the Cooks River are detailed in the Annual Report. Click on the link below to read the Annual Report.

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Congratulations to John Butcher (President) and the other executive members for all of their drive, passion and hard work over the past 12 months. Also a warm welcome to the newly elected executive for 2015-16 – John Butcher (President), Peter Munro (Vice-president), Jennifer Newman (Secretary), Chris Shanley (Treasurer), Ann Leahy (Publicity Officer), Julie Corkery & Nadia Wheatley (Executive Committee Members).

Premier Mike Baird asked to take ACTION on CDL

Mike Aldrige, who is a member of the CRVA and an active Mudcrab, took some photos of the thousands of bottles deposited onto the foreshore of the Cooks River, following the flash flood on 21st October. These bottles are only a fraction of the many thousands of plastic bottles that would have been washed out to the ocean after this flood.

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Mike sent a copy of these photos to the Premier of NSW demanding that the State Government support the introduction of Container Deposit Legislation, as the most effective method of reducing the dumping of bottles into the Cooks River and our other waterways.

Read Mike’s email to the Premier by clicking here:

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Click “Acknowledgement” below to read the reply Mike got from the Premier’s Office.

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Litter Boom – In Position and Working in the Cooks River

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Congratulations to Canterbury Council for its great initiative of placing a ‘state of the art’ litter boom in the Cooks River. As can be seen in the above image, the boom appears to be full after just a few days of operation.

The boom has been position adjacent to Boat Harbour, near the Sugar Mill, just below Cup & Saucer Creek. It will be emptied by Sydney Water using a boat. It will be good to assess the difference the boom makes to the floating litter on the River.

Acknowledgement of Chris Bartlett’s contribution to Cooks River

A plaque acknowledging the significant contributions of Chris Bartlett to the rehabilitation and re-vegetation of the banks of Cooks River has been erected by Canterbury Council in Rosedale Reserve. This is the place where Chris began his work on the River and where the fledgling Mudcrabs first started to realize Chris’ dream of re-vegetating the banks of the Cooks River with indigenous plants. The plaque is fitting testimony to the vision of an inspirational man who will leave a permanent legacy on the Cooks River.

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Container Deposit action needed NOW!!

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Ian Kiernan with the Tossers

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Ian Kiernan & Jeff Angel with the action group

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Ian Kiernan with the CRVA and Mudcrabs

There was more action down on the River on 19 May 2014. Ian Kiernan (Clean Up Australia) & Jeff Angel (Total Environment Centre & Boomerang Alliance) joined with the Mudcrabs, The Tossers, The CRVA and other community members to demand an immediate introduction of a National Container Deposit Scheme.

The event made the front page of the local newspaper (The Torch)
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Great local film related to the Cooks River

This short film was made as part of Project WOW (Walking On Water). Project WOW was devised by a group of residents living in Riverside Crescent sub-catchment in Marrickville. The Project was run in junction with Marrickville West Public School, with the support of Marrickville Council. The theme of the Project was We are all Cooks River People

Bottles are choking our River

On Sunday 2nd March, the Mudcrabs removed between 3,000 and 4,000 bottles from the Cooks River as part of Clean Up Australia Day. The Tossers will take many of these bottles into Parliament House on Tuesday to impress upon Barry O’Farrell & the State Parliament that we want a Container Deposit Scheme in NSW.

These are some of Ranjith’s Evas’ photos of the “Mountain of Bottles”

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