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Talkin' Turtle

Talkin' Turtle

The Eastern Long-necked Turtle, a newly appointed mascot for the Parramatta River is very active throughout November and December - but this is also a dangerous time for turtles as they leave the safety of the river to nest.

 The Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG) in conjunction with City of Ryde and the Ryde Hunters Hill Flora and Fauna Protection Society have joined forces for a free Our Living River event “Talkin’ Turtles” on Saturday 19th November 3pm at the Field of Mars, showcasing the scientific team from UWS who have developed TurtleSAT, a citizen science app.

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 Clr. Jerome Laxale, Chair of the PRCG and Ryde Councillor explains "With the turtle recently elected (by the public) as one of the mascots to help us restore the health of the Parramatta River, it is important that we hear from the experts about why we are likely to see them in the summer months and what to do when we do find them.”

 “We have asked the turtle experts from Western Sydney University to come and help us understand turtle behaviour and showcase TurtleSat, a smartphone app that allows the public to help us map where the turtles are” he continues.

Dr. Ricky Spencer, Western Sydney University “By recording turtle sightings into TurtleSAT from your phone, tablet or computer, you are directly saving a species from inevitable extinction,”

 “We are urging all Australians to look out for turtles on roads and record them, alive or dead, into TurtleSAT. If we know where they are crossing roads or nesting, we can better manage these areas and hopefully provide them some help.” Says Dr. Spencer

Clr. Laxale continues “Our very own Riverkeeper will also be on hand to explain how helping the turtles helps us with our plan to bring Parramatta River back to life and make it swimmable again by 2025.”

Fun Turtle Fact: Many Australian Turtles can breathe through their behinds like a fish. Cloacal bursae are gill like structures in their cloacas (bottoms), meaning that when they are hibernating in winter, they don’t need to come up for air very much. Degrading our river systems reduces the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water, making it harder for them to breathe via this system

 
Riverkeeper Network Meeting

Riverkeeper Network Meeting

13th September 2016, 7pm-8pm. Charles Byrne Room at Parramatta Town Hall.

The Riverkeeper Network has had its 1st public meeting. If you are interested in being more involved in the project to make the Parramatta River swimmable, why not join the Riverkeeper Network and/or find out about plans for how you can contribute.

To find out more, contact Riverkeeper@ourlivingriver.com.au.

 

 
RIVERFEST: Celebrating Our Living River

RIVERFEST: Celebrating Our Living River

 

The inaugural RIVERFEST event was held on Saturday 30 July 2016 at Putney Park, from 12noon to 3pm.

RIVERFEST was a free family fun day celebrating life along the Parramatta River.

There were activities for children and adults, including fun with the West Tigers and Parramatta Eels mascots and football players, a jumping castle, face painting, kayak and boating demos, live music, food stalls, entertainers - and much more!

Riverfest may soon become an annual feature on the Our Living River calendar! 

 
Cockatoo Island Glamping Competition

Cockatoo Island Glamping Competition

COCKATOO ISLAND GLAMPING COMPETITION

This special competition was run through our Facebook page in February 2016! People were invited to vote for a spot along the Parramatta River that you would like to make swimmable again to then be in the running to win a luxurious Cockatoo Island Glamping package. One lucky winner won a getaway ‘glamour camping’ experience for two, featuring scenic waterside views and all the creature comforts. 

 
Parramatta River Source to Sea

Parramatta River Source to Sea

Almost 150 bushcare volunteers and community members joined us to celebrate the achievements of our wonderful bushcare volunteers and learn more about the Parramatta River and its catchment. Relive this special day by watching these short videos:

L.I.F.E on the Parramatta River (Landcare Is For Everyone) - the main video of this wonderful day out.

The Natural History of the Parramatta River 

Our Living Catchment Fauna and Habitat Report launch.

View photos from this event at the Our Living River Facebook page. Be sure to LIKE us while you are there. 

 

 
Blacktown Beach Party Highlights

Blacktown Beach Party Highlights

Watch our youtube video of the day to relive the awesome Our Living River Blacktown Beach Party event and see what the Blacktown and surrounding community think about making Parramatta River swimmable again!

View photos from this event at the Our Living River Facebook page. Be sure to LIKE us while you are there.

 
Party 1930s style at Lake Parramatta highlights

Party 1930s style at Lake Parramatta highlights

Check out this short video of the Lake Parramatta 1930s style event to see how much the community is getting behind and supporting this mission. You might see someone you know!

 
Bringing life together by the Bay highlights

Bringing life together by the Bay highlights

This great event, held at Bayview Park in Concord, saw the then Minister for Environment, The Honourable Rob Stokes (now Minister for Planning), announce his Government's official support for Our Living River. View the Minister's speech or our short youtube video of this community event.