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Ecological Health Project

Ecological Health Project

This study identifies five iconic species from the Parramatta River catchment that are valued by community and whose presence and habitat requirements link to the goal of the Parramatta River Catchment Group to make the river swimmable by 2025. It links the ecological needs of these iconic species to the ecological services provided within the catchment and recommends a hierarchy of actions based on the need to protect existing habitats, manage habitats that remain and where possible create new habitats.

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Get the Site Right

Get the Site Right

With all of the new construction and development taking place around the Parramatta River, sediment such as sand, soil and mud can run off building sites into the Parramatta River.

Sediment spills have significant negative impacts on our environment and are one of the issues preventing people from swimming in the river. This includes:

  • Direct pollution of the Parramatta River by filling it with dirt, soil, sand and mud
  • Destroys aquatic habitats and smothers plants and animals that live in the river
  • Blocks stormwater drains leading to flooding and overflows
  • Erodes river and creek banks
  • Creates health and safety risks such as slippery roads and tripping hazards

There are laws that developers need to follow to contain and manage sediment in a responsible manner. Learn more about the managing sediment and erosion on the Parramatta River.

 
PRCG Annual Report 2015-2016

PRCG Annual Report 2015-2016

2015-2016 has been a year of planning, partnerships, community engagement and on ground success for the Parramatta River Cacthment Group as we focus on the development of an evidence-based Masterplan for making the river swimmable again by 2025.

Download the Annual Report

 
Parramatta River Swim Report

Parramatta River Swim Report

The Parramatta River was once a popular swimming location with several public baths and swimming spots established from North Parramatta to Balmain, before the river joins Sydney Harbour.

This Swim Report provides a fascinating insight into the history of the river, past and current swimming locations, and simple suggestions for what you can do at home to help make the river safe for swimming again. 

Download the Parramatta River Swim Report

 
Our Plan for the River

Our Plan for the River

The PRCG's plan for the Parramatta River focuses on:

  1. Building Support
  2. Identifying Issues
  3. Setting Targets and Writing Pathways
  4. Reporting Success

Learn about the progress we have made since the launch of Our Living River initiative in 2014, and the next steps we have mapped to achieve the mission to make the river swimmable again.

Read the plan and progress update

 

 
Federal Funding Request

Federal Funding Request

The Parramatta River Catchment Group is requesting Federal Government support for the initiative to make the Parramatta River swimmable again by 2025. This request outlines the significant benefits, next steps and critical funding required to provide a natural swimming location for the 750,000 plus residents of Western Sydney.

Download the Federal Funding Request

Download the Media Release: Federal Government funding needed to make the Parramatta River swimmable for all Western Sydney residents

 

 
PRCG Strategic Plan 2016-2018

PRCG Strategic Plan 2016-2018

The Strategic Plan draws together outcomes from a range of workshops held by the Parramatta River Catchment Group across the last 3 years. It defines the joint work being undertaken by members of the PRCG, priority actions and deliverables over the period of 2016-2018, and the utilisation of membership funds and current and potential grants.

Download the PRCG Strategic Plan 2016-2018 (high res print)

Download the PRCG Strategic Plan 2016-2018 (low res)

 
Parramatta River Estuary Coastal Zone Management Plan

Parramatta River Estuary Coastal Zone Management Plan

The Parramatta River Estuary Coastal Zone Management Plan has been certified in accordance with Section 55G of the Coastal Protection Act.

It is now a legislated long term Plan for the Parramatta River estuary, which guides councils and other major land owners in collectively managing the health of this important and iconic waterway.

Download the Parramatta River Estuary Coastal Zone Management Plan and other relevant reports

 

 
Our Living Catchment Fauna and Habitat Report

Our Living Catchment Fauna and Habitat Report

This report was officially launched on Saturday 30th May at the opening of the inaugural Parramatta River Source to Sea.

This project involves a landmark study of fauna richness across the whole Parramatta River catchment. It aims to expand, restore and manage the extent of native habitats in the fragmented landscapes of the Parramatta River catchment. It has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.

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Download the Our Living Catchment brochure 

Download the Our Living Catchment poster

Download the executive summary

Download the full report (part A)

Download the full report (part B)

Download the appendix