The Georges River needs your help

Published Thursday, 5th May 2016

Volunteers testing water quality

Volunteers are needed on Saturday 7 May to help ecologists monitor the health of the Georges River.

This is a fun opportunity to learn from our scientist about your local environment and get free training in macroinvertebrate (waterbug) monitoring in streams that flow into the Georges River.

Community organisations, school groups, individuals and Bushcare groups are encouraged to volunteer. Access to the creeks is mildly difficult so an average level of fitness is needed.

Sampling equipment will be provided, but volunteers must bring a long-sleeve shirt, gum boots, hat, sunscreen, food and drink.

The sampling day will be held from 9.30am to 1pm at Orphan School Creek, Goodacre Reserve, Fairfield West (park on Goodacre Ave).

Bookings are essential. Contact the Georges River Combined Councils’ Committee (GRCCC) at

The Community River Health Monitoring Program uses a scientific approach to collect data for three river health indicators: water quality, vegetation and macroinvertebrates. The data enables an assessment of the ecological condition of the Georges River.

The River Health Program is co-ordinated by the GRCCC and is funded by the GRCCC member councils.

The GRCCC is an incorporated association of nine local government councils working in partnership with State and Federal government agencies and community representatives within the Georges River catchment. Member councils include Fairfield, Bankstown, Campbelltown, Hurstville, Kogarah, Liverpool and Rockdale city councils, and Sutherland and Wollondilly shire councils.

For more information see where you can obtain copies of the River Health Report Cards.

To participate in the program contact