Volunteers tackle litterbug problem

Careless littering: More than 33,500 kilograms of dumped rubbish and litter was collected from the Georges River in St George and Sutherland Shire in one year. Five column grid
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MORE than 33,500 kilograms of rubbish was collected from the Georges River in St George and Sutherland Shire in one year, a new report has revealed.

The Georges Riverkeeper report card was released by the Georges River Combined Councils Committee (GRCCC) last week, detailing cleanup and bush regeneration between July 2011 and June 2012.

A total of 16,690 kilograms of rubbish was collected from four sites at Towra Point and the Kurnell peninsula, making it the worst spot across the Kogarah, Hurstville, Sutherland and Rockdale local government areas.

It took volunteers more than 1800 hours to collect the rubbish, from river foreshores, creeks and tributaries, which enters through the conventional stormwater system into the river or as a result of illegal dumping and littering.

Rubbish was also collected from 30 other sites in the Botany Bay, Kogarah Bay, Woronora River and Scarborough Ponds areas.

Bush regeneration works were also carried out across 10,000 square metres in St George and Sutherland Shire.

Acting chief executive at Keep Australia Beautiful NSW, Bernie Murphy, praised the program for its targeted, results-focused delivery.

“The Georges Riverkeeper program is an excellent example of councils, agencies and communities working together towards a shared environmental goal,” Mr Murphy said.

“The flora, fauna and biodiversity of the Georges River catchment is unique, and like all metropolitan river systems, consistent care and monitoring are required if the river is to support life in future.

“The 2011-12 Riverkeeper report card again highlights that the councils and communities within the catchment are hands-on in their approach.”

The committee covers Kogarah, Hurstville, Rockdale and Sutherland Shire councils. Details: georgesriver南京夜网.au.

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