Riverfest

Riverfest is our annual, premier community event for ‘Our Living River’, celebrating the Parramatta River and surrounding catchment.

Due to COVID-19 this year’s Riverfest will be held from 6-11 October, and offers a wide range of online events and activities, including webinars, wokshops and virtual tours. There will also be opportunities to spend time on and around the river through foreshore clean-ups, wildlife talks, citizen science activities and a nature photography competition!

Each week we’ll be focusing on a different ‘theme’ or aspect of the river:

  • The natural world in our catchment
  • Get involved to protect nature and the river
  • Stormwater awareness
  • Let’s get swimming

We’ll be adding more events over the coming weeks, so check back regularly to see what’s new!

This initiative has been made possible by the NSW Landcare Program; a collaboration of Local Land Services and Landcare NSW Inc. supported by the NSW Government.

 

RIVERFEST 2020 EVENT PROGRAM

Throughout October

Spring Photo Call Out
Inner West Council

To celebrate nature and biodiversity in Spring 2020, Inner West Council is calling all local nature photographers to tag and share native plant and animal photos in their backyard, balcony or local natural area on Instagram. Find out more.

 

 

Granny Smith Festival
City of Ryde

Everyone is invited to join in the fun and celebrate one of Sydney’s most popular community events – the Granny Smith Festival. This year’s Granny Smith Festival will be celebrated a little differently this year, with the traditional one-day festival replaced with a large number of events that will take place throughout October. Like every Granny Smith Festival, there will be something for everyone this year with most of the events taking place online. Find out more.

 

Tuesday, 6 October

Duck River Cycling Tour (new event)
Addventageous – Cycling by the River
9:00am – 11:00am
Holroyd Gardens Carpark, Walpole St, Merrylands NSW 2160

Join our Parramatta River Ambassador Charlene Bordley on a two-hour leisurely, escorted river aware ride along creeks leading into Duck River. Grade: easy. Opportunity to learn about this part of the catchment and what can be done to help. Length: 8 km. Families welcome. Max. 15 people. Bring your own bicycle. Registration essential. Register for this event.

 

 

Wednesday, 7 October

MiniBeast Safari
Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre
10:00am – 11:00am
Lake Parramatta, North Parramatta NSW 2151

Explore the miniature worlds that are hidden in plain view in our bushland reserves. Participants will use a fun range of techniques to get up close and personal with the tiny bugs and beasties that live in the bush, the lake and your backyard. This program is aimed at primary school aged children. Register for this event.

 

 

Meet the Rangers – Let’s Go Birding!
Sydney Olympic Park Authority
10:00am – 11:00am
Northern Water Features, Town Centre, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127

Learn about the rich bird life found at Sydney Olympic Park and how to identify them. If you’ve always wanted to know more about our feathered friends and their special characteristics, drop by and meet our Rangers these school holidays. Register for this event.

 

 

Celebrate the return of the Parramatta River Godwits
PRCG/Birdlife Australia
Halliday Park, Five Dock NSW 2046
Tour 1: 10:00am – 11:00am
Tour 2: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Welcome back a much-loved traveller to our part of the world! The Bar-tailed Godwit holds the world record for the longest non-stop migration of any bird, arriving in Australia in October and returning north in April. The Parramatta River estuary is an important place for these birds and Judy Harrington’s tour will talk about what you can do to ensure their survival.
Register for Tour 1.   Register for Tour 2.

 

Friday, 9 October

Powerful Owl: meet a Parramatta River mascot – from a distance!
PRCG/Birdlife Australia
8:30am
Concord Area (location to be confirmed)

The Powerful Owl is one of the five animal mascots for the Parramatta River. As a top order predator they do live within cities, especially near bushland remnants, however the urban landscape can be a hard place for them to survive. Join Beth Mott from Birdlife Australia on a walking tour of the Concord area, who will explain why the Powerful Owl is important for waterway health and what we can do to protect its habitat. Register for this event.

 

Saturday, 10 October

Tempe Birdos October Survey
Tempe Birdos/Inner West Council
7:30am – 9:00am
Tempe Wetlands, corner of South St and Station St Tempe NSW 2044

Would you like to learn more about birds in the inner west? Join the passionate volunteers from Tempe Birdos at Tempe Wetlands and Reserve, a priority biodiversity area in the inner west. They meet on the second Saturday of each month from 7:30am at Tempe Lands, Water Basin 1, near South St and Station Street, Tempe. Register for this event.

 

Cycling by Our Living River
Addventageous – Cycling by the River
10:00am – 12:00pm
Meet on the southern side of the Parramatta River foreshore at the Barry Wilde Bridge, Parramatta NSW 2150

Join our Parramatta River Ambassador Charlene Bordley on a two-hour escorted cycling tour of the Parramatta River. Along the way to the fish ladders, Charlene will share her knowledge of the local area’s history and its diverse animal and plant life. It’s a great way to get fit, meet new people and find out more about this fascinating part of Sydney. Registration essential. Bike hire possible. Register for this event.

 

Sunday, 11 October

Meet the Rangers – Let’s go birding
Sydney Olympic Park Authority
8:30am – 9:30am
Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127

Learn about the rich bird life found at Sydney Olympic Park and how to identify them. If you’ve always wanted to know more about our feathered friends and their special characteristics, drop by and meet our Rangers these school holidays. Register for this event.

 

 

Small Bird Habitat Bushcare
Social Canvas and City of Parramatta Bushcare
9:00am – 12:00pm
Reynolds Park, 2 Chanel St Old Toongabbie NSW 2146

Help create habitat for small birds in bushcare mornings on the Great West Walk through the Old Toongabbie 1791 Convict–farm site. Register for this event.

 

 

 

Tuesday, 13 October

Meet our Riverkeeper Ambassadors
PRCG
7:00pm – 7:45pm
Online

Meet Riverkeeper Ambassadors Kellie Darley from ParraParents, Charlene Bordley from Addventageous – Cycling by the River, and Junior Ambassador Hannah from Green Elephant, as they discuss what drives them to care for the Parramatta River. And, more importantly, how you can get involved. Register for this event.

 

 

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Water Sensitive Design Webinar
Inner West Council
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Online

Join Inner West Council to discover how you can beautify your property while saving water, reducing the pollution going to waterways, improving your property’s conditions and creating habitat. Industry expert David Knights will guide you through the principles of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) and also cover how to plan and create simple designs for your property. Register for this event.

 

Thursday, 15 October

 

Cabarita Bushcare
City of Canada Bay
8:30am – 11:30am
Prince Edward Park,  Phillips St Cabarita NSW 2137

The City of Canada Bay’s Bushcare volunteer program enables community members to participate in the restoration, enhancement and maintenance of its many and varied natural areas. No prior experience is required as Council supplies all necessary training, supervision, tools, materials and equipment. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people, learn new skills and spend time in nature. Participants a required to register with Council before attending. To reserve your place, contact the Bushcare Coordinator on 9911 6555 or email council@canadabay.nsw.gov.au. Find out more.

 

Fishing Bats on the Parramatta River
PRCG
7:00pm – 7:30pm
Online

The Southern Myotis, also known as the Myotis macropus, weighs less than 10 grams and has disproportionately large feet. It usually feeds on aquatic insects and small fish and catches its prey by raking the water with its curved claws. Join Research Scientist Leroy Gonsalves to find out more about this fascinating bat and why the waterway health of the Parramatta River​ is so critical for this threatened species. Register for this event.

 

 

Saturday, 17 October

Cycling by Our Living River
Addventageous – Cycling by the River
10:00am – 12:00pm
Meet on the southern side of the Parramatta River foreshore at the Barry Wilde Bridge, Parramatta NSW 2150

Join our Parramatta River Ambassador Charlene Bordley on a two-hour escorted cycling tour to Lake Parramatta.  It’s a great way to get fit, meet new people and find out more about this fascinating part of Sydney. Registration essential. Bike hire available. Register for this event.

 

 

 

Parramatta Riverkeepers Clean-up
ParraParents/PRCG
2:30 – 4:30pm
George Kendall Riverside Park, Broadoaks St, Ermington NSW 2115

Do you love spending time on the Parramatta River? Come and do your bit to make it clean and safe for everyone to enjoy by helping out a foreshore clean-up at the George Kendall Riverside Park, Ermington on Saturday, 17 October from 2.30 to 4.30pm. All equipment is provided – just wear gumboots or sturdy, enclosed shoes. The Our Living River team will also be on hand to talk about their plan to make the Parramatta River swimmable again by 2025! Register for this event.

 

20-25 October

Aussie Backyard Bird Count
BirdLife Australia

The #AussieBirdCount is a great way to connect with the birds in your backyard no matter where your backyard happens to be — a suburban backyard, a local park, a patch of forest, down by the beach, or the main street of town. You can count as many times as you like over the week, we just ask that each count is completed over a 20-minute period. The data collected assists BirdLife Australia in understanding more about the birds that live where people live. Register for this event.

 

Tuesday, 20 October

Roof to River: where does our water go?
PRCG
Online event

Do you know what the difference is between stormwater and wastewater? Find out where our water goes after it rains and some of the simple things you can do to improve the water quality that runs into the Parramatta River. You will also learn more about raingardens and other sustainable water management practices that you can implement around your home. Register for this event.

 

 

Wednesday, 21 October

Get the Site Right – one-day inspection blitz
Across Sydney and the Hunter Coast

Get the Site Right education and compliance campaign encourages developers, builders and home renovators to implement appropriate erosion and sediment controls to prevent sediment runoff from being washed or blown off their sites into stormwater drains and out to local creeks and rivers. On Wednesday, 21 October, councils, NEW EPA and DPIE will be conducting a one-day inspection blitz of building sites across Sydney and the Hunter Coast. Find out more.

 

Friday, 23 October

Love our waterways webinar
Blacktown City Council
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Online

Our waterways are highly valued and important habitat for many species and they need our help to protect them – particularly from stormwater pollutants like litter, garden waste, and toxic chemicals. Join us for a free webinar to learn why we should love our waterways. Brad Dalrymple from Principal Environmental Engineer at Ocean Protect will talk about how stormwater can impact the health of Blacktown’s waterways, what Council does to protect our waterways, and what you can do to help. (This event is for Blacktown City residents only). Register for this event.

 

Saturday, 24 October

Cycling by Our Living River
Addventageous – Cycling by the River
10:00am – 12:00pm
Meet on the southern side of the Parramatta River foreshore at the Barry Wilde Bridge, Parramatta NSW 2150

Join our Parramatta River Ambassador Charlene Bordley on a two-hour leisurely, escorted cycling tour of the Parramatta River and coffee stop! Along the way Charlene will share her knowledge of the local area’s rich history and its diverse animal and plant life. It’s a great way to get fit, meet new people and find out more about this fascinating part of Sydney. Registration essential. Bike hire available. Register for this event.

 

Tuesday, 27 October

Swimming in the Parramatta River
PRCG
7:00pm – 8:00pm
Online

Fancy a dip in the river? Find out about our plan to open four new swim sites on the Parramatta River by 2025 and the councils that are making it happen! Staff from Canada Bay, Hunters Hill and Ryde Councils will talk about what’s involved in activating a swim site on the river. The Sydney Water team behind the Riverwatch Monitoring Program will also share their expertise on how they’re testing the water in the river to make it safe for swimming. Register for this event.

 

Saturday, 31 October

Lake Parramatta swim season re-opening
City of Parramatta
North Parramatta NSW 2151

This popular, natural swimming location will once again open for the summer swimming season. Lifeguards are typically on duty from late October to late March from 9am to 6pm on weekends, public holidays and during school holidays. A range of facilities is also available including: non-motorised boat hire, children’s playground, walking trails, BBQs and picnic tables and a cafe. Find out more.

 

Sisters Bay Bushcare
City of Canada Bay
Brett Park, Henley Marine Dr Drummoyne NSW 2047
8.30am – 11.30am

The City of Canada Bay’s Bushcare volunteer program enables community members to participate in the restoration, enhancement and maintenance of its many and varied natural areas. No prior experience is required as Council supplies all necessary training, supervision, tools, materials and equipment. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people, learn new skills and spend time in nature. Participants a required to register with Council before attending. To reserve your place, contact the Bushcare Coordinator on 9911 6555 or email council@canadabay.nsw.gov.au. Find out more.

 

 

Cycling by Our Living River
Addventageous – Cycling by the River
10:00am – 12:00pm
Meet on the southern side of the Parramatta River foreshore at the Barry Wilde Bridge, Parramatta NSW 2150

Join our Parramatta River Ambassador Charlene Bordley on a special ride to Lake Parramatta. This popular, local spot re-opens for the swimming season this weekend and the carpark is often full. Riding is the perfect way to visit this scenic location. It’s also a great way to get fit, meet new people and find out more about this fascinating part of Sydney. Registration essential. Bike hire available. Register for this event.