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.




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:


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


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.

Vale Chris Bartlett


Container Deposit action needed NOW!!


Ian Kiernan with the Tossers


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)

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

New Rain Garden in Marrickville Golf Course

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.

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Mudcrabs begin work at Wave Rock

The Mudcrabs began work on their new Wave Rock revegetation site today.

This is a join venture between the Mudcrabs, Marrickville Council & Marrickville Golf Course, to increase the native vegetation in the Golf Course, particularly near the River and to increase biodiversity & natural habitat.

A big thank you to Marrickville Council, who is providing the funding for this project.mgc 178 mgc 180

Pollution of Cooks River Raised in Parliament

The Hon Linda Burney,Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Member for Canterbury in the NSW Parliament, responding to the CRVA’s “Sewage In The Cooks River” petition, recently asked the State Government to explain the lack of action on this issue.


Linda Burney with members of the CRVA Executive

Unfortunately the State Govt. choose to not answer the question and gave us a whole lot of weasel words about how much they value the Cooks River.

See attached document for our reaction & comments provided to Linda Burney to allow her to continue the fight in Parliament.  comments for Linda2

Canterbury Girls High School takes action on plastic bottles

Postcode 2193 – Plastic Bottle Free

Canterbury Girls HS will hold a media event on Friday 7.6.13, in association with World Environment Day and the Sea Life Conservation Foundation.

The Sea Life Conservation Foundation has sponsored Canterbury Girls HS to install a water bottle filling station ($5000).  The School’s aim is to eliminate the purchase and use of bottled water on site.  The School canteen will cease selling bottled water once the filling station is up and running

The School’s slogan for this campaign is

Aim Higher –  Postcode 2193 Plastic Bottle Free,

The School plans to make an installation of used water bottles and make a YouTube movie to promote the campaign to be plastic bottle free. The student leadership groups & P & C fully support this goal

Canterbury Girls HS will invite the other schools in the 2193 postcode area to the launch of the event and encourage them to join in the campaign to reduce the litter caused by plastic bottles.

The Cooks River Valley Association and the Mudcrabs commend Canterbury Girls HS for the action and fully support their campaign to make Postcode 2193 plastic bottle free.