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.


Cooks River Catchment Community Forum – Saturday 13 September 2014

The Cooks River Catchment Community Forum will be held on Saturday 13 September at Canterbury Public School (cnr Church St & Canterbury Road, Canterbury). Starts at 12 noon.

Keynote address will be by Dan Cunningham, from Sydney Water, looking at the current and planned works on the Cooks River. There will also be other displays, film, entertainment and activities.

You can register through

Click on this link for more info.Cooks River Alliance Newsletter

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


A BOOM for Cooks River!!!

There is some exciting news on the litter in the Cooks River front.

Canterbury Council, in conjunction with Sydney Water, are placing a floating litter boom across the River at Boat Harbour, Hurlstone Park.

Click on the link below for images & more information

This boom will catch and trap most of the litter coming down river. It will be emptied regularly by Sydney Water using a boat. It will be very interesting to see how much difference this makes to the blight of floating litter.

It also does not diminish the urgent need for a national Container Deposit Scheme, as nearly 8 billion plastic bottles go to landfill in Australia each year!!

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

Wave Rock site approaches one year

The Wave Rock bush reconstruction site, next to the Cooks River, in Marrickville Golf Course is almost one year old.

Here are some “before” photos taken about 11 months ago.




and here are some current photos taken this week.