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.

CRVA pleased to see open space retained in Earlwood

The President of the CRVA, John Butcher, recently made representation to Canterbury City Council, to retain a parcel of land in Pine Ave, Earlwood as open space. There was a motion before Council to have the land, which is adjacent to Gough Whitlam Park, rezoned to residential.

Congratulations to Canterbury City Council and John Butcher, for retaining open space along the Cooks River riparian zone.  See report in current Valley Times newspaper by clicking here – GWPark