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.




Ann Leahy Interviewed on 2SER FM on the Cooks River

On Tuesday 25 March, Ann Leahy, the Water Quality Co-ordinator for the Cooks River Valley Association, was interviewed on radio 2SER FM about the effects of litter pollution & sewage pollution on the Cooks River.

You can hear Ann’s interview (4min 50 sec) by clicking on the link below.


Well done Ann in keeping the message out there about the health of the Cooks River.

Earth Hour – Candles on the River night


Saturday night 29th March is Earth Hour. The CRVA will be hosting another Candles on the River Night.

Click here to see Candles on the River poster

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Bring along your picnic, blanket or chair, a torch and paper boats. We will provide the candles and a great jazz group – The Hungry Trio to entertain you. Come and enjoy the River at its best as the sun sets on Earth Hour.

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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Short Film – Water is Life

This great short film was produced by Marrickville Council and follows up the work of local residents in the Riverside Crescent sub-catchment of the Cooks River, many of whom are members of the Cooks River Valley Association and the Mudcrabs.

Pending Changes in Ewen Park


The Cooks River Valley Association has asked Canterbury Council to commit to the current Plan of Management for Ewen Park, by building a ‘community hub’ beside the river at Ewen Park.

This hub should include a clubhouse for the Hurlstone Park Wanderers Soccer Club as well as a multi-purpose building for the broader community, as specified in the Ewen Park Plan of Management (adopted by Canterbury Council in November 2008).

Council’s own Design Development Plan 2010 (as shown in the attached map) placed a “Multi-Purpose Building” (including a café) in this riverside location, and behind it a “Soccer Clubhouse”.

Canterbury Council is considering changing its agreed plan for Ewen Park.

We urge you to support the approved plan for a multi-purpose community space and a soccer clubhouse in the location of the former SOSC building, as already approved in the Ewen Park Plan of Management.

Please send us your comments (info@crva.org.au).

Below is a section of Canterbury Council’s Plan for Ewen Park, developed in 2010. We want to see this plan implemented.