Here are 2 videos produced by Mudcrabs members that highlight some of our remarkable local wildlife.
Birds of the Cooks River Below is the Mudlarks presentation delivered at the CRVA meeting on the 15th February 2022. The Mudlarks is a group of Mudcrabs that conduct a regular survey of birdlife along the Cooks River. The group meets at 7am on the second Tuesday of each month and performs a 90 minute loop walk while recording species spotted, count and any nesting activity. The group now has 3 years of observations and data and the presentation covers these. It also includes a segment with some amazing birdlife photography by David W. Noble.
Cooks River Wildlife This video was compiled by one of our Mudcrabs (Martin Puchert) and highlights how rewarding observing the wildlife along the Cooks River can be. Martin shares his insights and approach – a highly entertaining and educational video.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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”
Last Sunday the latest installation of a rain garden was opened on Marrickville Golf Course. This raingarden catches the stormwater from 3.2 hectres of surrounding streets (Bruce St, Beauchamp St, Princes St) and cleans the water before it enters the Cooks River. The project was funded jointly by Marrickville Council & NSW Govt (Estuary Management Program). This device is a glimpse into the future of what will give us a clean River.