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Blacktown Riverkeeper Network Meeting - 22nd March

Blacktown Riverkeeper Network Meeting - 22nd March

The Parramatta River Riverkeeper invites both existing members of the Riverkeeper Network and those who are interested in learning about how the network will be critical in achieving the goal of making the Parramatta River swimmable to a Riverkeeper Network Meeting in Blacktown.

The Riverkeeper will talk about:

  • PRCG and Our Living River – Who, what, where, why, and how
  • What is the Riverkeeper Network
  • Guest speaker
  • How can you get involved?
    • Ambassadors
    • Warriors
    • River Aware toolkit
    • Other.

At the end of the evening there will an opportunity to discuss ideas from individuals and community groups about projects that will help the health of the river and catchment. Book your tickets today.

More information about the network is available at: http://www.ourlivingriver.com.au/riverkeeper/about-the-network/

 
World Water Day - 24 March: Field of Mars

World Water Day - 24 March: Field of Mars

World Water Day

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Riverkeeper Network Meeting  - The Hills Shire - 13th March

Riverkeeper Network Meeting - The Hills Shire - 13th March

The Parramatta River Riverkeeper invites both existing members of the Riverkeeper Network and those who are interested in learning about how the network will be critical in achieving the goal of making the Parramatta River swimmable to a Riverkeeper Network Meeting in the Hills Shire.

The Riverkeeper will talk about

  • PRCG and Our Living River – Who, what, where, why, and how
  • What is the Riverkeeper Network
  • Guest speaker: Charlene Bordley from Addventageous
  • How can you get involved?
    • Ambassadors
    • Warriors
    • River Aware toolkit
    • Other.

At the end of the evening (7:30-9 pm) there will an opportunity to discuss ideas from individuals and community groups about projects that will help the health of the river and catchment.

Tickets available from eventbrite.

More information is available at: http://www.ourlivingriver.com.au/riverkeeper/about-the-network/

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“Enthusiastic” and “Exciting” - The Parramatta River Riverkeeper network kicks off with its inaugural public meeting.

“Enthusiastic” and “Exciting” - The Parramatta River Riverkeeper network kicks off with its inaugural public meeting.

The first public meeting of the Riverkeeper network was held on Tuesday 13th of September at Parramatta Town Hall. Dr Jacinta Green, the inaugural Parramatta River Riverkeeper (a position funded through the Local Landcare Coordinators Initiative) met with an array of interested community members including scientists, landscape architects, fisherman, and local residents.

The task of the Riverkeeper is establish a network of individuals, organisations and community groups who care about the health of the Parramatta River and surrounding catchment.

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Talkin' Turtles

Talkin' Turtles

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