Masterplan overview

It may not come as a surprise that to achieve a swimmable Parramatta River by 2025 requires extensive planning, collaboration and resourcing. As a result, we’ve developed a ten point Masterplan to help see our mission through.

The Parramatta River belongs to all of us, and we want a plan that reflects that.

We would love to hear your ideas for how we can work together to make the Parramatta River a living river for everyone to enjoy.

Our ten-step Masterplan has been designed based on scientific studies and community consultation, so the more you tell us, the better it gets.

Please tell us what you think about our Plan for the river.

Ten steps to a living river

  1. Get swimming

There are four places you can swim in the river. The more we swim in them, the more others will join us and community support will grow.


  1. Keep watch

A Riverwatch water monitoring program will help us protect existing swimming spots, open new swimming sites and understand what makes water quality change over time.


  1. Create new swimming spots

Our goal is to create three new swimming spots by 2025. We’re already looking at 12 possible locations to make recommendations on those that will be the safest and most popular swimming sites.


  1. Standardise the standards

The Parramatta River’s catchment spans 11 local council areas. To create a swimmable river we need to work together to standardise policies and practices that impact water quality.


  1. Reduce stormwater runoff

Stormwater runoff – and all the rubbish and other pollution it can bring with it – is the number one way our river gets dirty. Water sensitive development that absorbs and uses rain where it lands will improve river quality.


  1. Improve overflows

When it rains, stormwater can flow into the sewer system, causing it to overflow into our creeks and rivers. Putting measures in place to stop these overflows is essential to making our river swimmable again.


  1. Involve the community

Picking up your dog’s droppings and not littering are just two ways community can help create a swimmable river. Helping people understand this is a key to success.


  1. Bring in nature

A living river needs people, fish, grasses, plants and animals to be a complete ecosystem. Improving habitats – especially for our five mascots – helps bring nature back to the river.


  1. Report back regularly

Regular monitoring and reporting shows us if we’re winning, and helps reminds everyone involved that this is a long term project worth investing in.


  1. Create clear leadership

A big project needs clear leadership. Sydney Water has been identified as the best placed body to lead the coalition, but everyone needs to do their bit to achieve the mission.