New Chair and Vice Chair announced

We recently welcomed our new Chair of the Parramatta River Catchment Group, Clr Mark Drury, who is an experienced Inner West Councillor and established member of the Parramatta River Catchment Group. Clr Drury said that “the PRCG is a dynamic and cooperative organisation that has already improved our river and has the potential to make a huge difference to one of our city’s greatest natural assets”.

Clr Drury will be joined by our new Vice Chair, Clr Penelope (Penny) Pedersen from City of Ryde. Clr Pedersen has a professional background as a broadcaster and presenter and is a passionate supporter of river care and conservation, who has advocated for effective environment policy at state and federal government levels.

We wish them both well in their new roles as we work together in our mission to make the Parramatta River swimmable again by 2025.

We also wish to thank our outgoing Chair, Mayor Jerome Laxale, and Vice Chair, Clr Alan Haselden.

Mayor Laxale and Councillor Haselden have both championed the Our Living River initiative over the past two years, showing great dedication and support to our many events, meetings and projects, including our annual Riverfest! event, development of the Parramatta River Masterplan and Get the Site Right campaigns.

We thank them both immensely for their commitment and support over the last two years and wish them well for the future.

From left: PRCG Vice Chair, Clr Penny Pedersen, PRCG Chair, Clr Mark Drury and PRCG Coordinator, Sarah Holland Clift. 


Developers around Parramatta River getting the message about protecting our waterways

As people enjoy the Parramatta River and its surrounds this summer, they can rest easy knowing that developers and builders are starting to do their bit to improve water quality. Results from the latest Get the Site Right erosion and sediment control campaign in November 2017 show an 11% improvement in compliance rates from the previous campaign held in May.

Over 900 commercial and residential sites across Sydney were inspected, including major infrastructure projects. Of these, almost 700 were in the Parramatta River Catchment covering the local government areas of Blacktown, Burwood, Canada Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, The Hills Shire, Hunters Hill, Inner West, Parramatta, Ryde and Strathfield. This was more than double the number of sites inspected than in the previous campaign, however less than half the value in fines was issued. Read more>


PRCG Annual Report now available

The Parramatta River Catchment Group 2016-2017 Annual Report is now available for download by clicking here. The report highlights key progress and achievements made by the Group in the last financial year, including our annual Riverfest! community celebration, Parramatta River ecological health mascots, Riverkeeper program, award-winning Get the Site Right initiative and development of our whole-of-river Masterplan.

“I am constantly impressed by the incredible efforts of our partners and community in helping to make the Parramatta River and creeks that flow into it places we can all love and enjoy,” said Clr Jerome Laxale, former Chair of the Parramatta River Catchment Group. “We thank each and every one of you for your continued commitment to work together towards this important and worthwhile goal.”