THE UPPER PARRAMATTA RIVER CATCHMENT TRUST
mitigation, water quality and vegetation improvement in the Upper
Parramatta River Catchment, Sydney, Australia
LAKE PARRAMATTA FRESHWATER
David Wallace Photography 2006
L-R: Bob Junor, the Aquacade Sisters,
Ian Kiernan OA and David Borger
Royal Life Saving Society of Australia
NSW State Team with Ian, David, Bob & the Aquacade sisters
On the 3rd December, over a thousand residents
celebrated the achievement of bringing the water quality in Lake
Parramatta up to swimmable levels.
Though the much anticipated open and competitive swimming events
were called off due to the rain storm that happened on Saturday
afternoon, the Freshwater Festival held at Lake Parramatta on the
3rd December was a resounding success, with many other activities
making the day an enjoyable one.
The Trust's chairman, Bob Junor, and two of its trustees, Pam Smith
and Paul Barber (also Deputy Lord Mayor of Parramatta) were at the
festivities, as were the Federal member for Parramatta, the Hon.
Julie Owen MP, David Borger the Lord Mayor of Parramatta City Council
and Clean Up Australia's chairman Ian Kiernan AO. The state life
saving team from the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia came
to act as the life guards for the day, and a little bit of old fashioned
glamour was provided by the Aquacade Sisters.
As the weather was fine, spirits were not dampened by the preceding
day's rain, with many other activities to captivate people's interest.
For the children there were jumping castles and a tea cup ride,
local Scout groups were present, an attempt, organised by one of
the day's sponsors, at setting a record for the most people simultaneously
playing Totem tennis (also known as swingball) which was achieved
(subject to confirmation) with 108 people joining in for 11 minutes
and 32 secs.
As swimming can only occur at club managed events, the main patron
of the day was Parramatta City Swim Club, who put a lot of effort
into the organistation of the Festival, and with approximately 1300
people attending the Festival, even without the swimming, they can
consider their time well spent.
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The achievements of individuals,
schools and community groups on environmental projects was
celebrated at the 2006 Regional Environment Awards on Tuesday
14th June. The Blacktown and District Environment Group took
out the Diamond Award and $5000. The overall category winners
were: School/Education ($1000): Jasper
Road Public School for The Arbors club; Individual
($500 each): Marjorie Mead, Volunteer Coordinator of
the Bidwill Community Garden and Sylvia Nuttgens, voluntary
environmental activities in the Blacktown LGA;
Community Group ($1000): Blacktown and District Environment
Group; Best New Starter ($500 each):
George Kendall Riverside Park Reserve Committee and the Pendle
Hill Bushcare Group.
here to see photos of the category winners as well as
group council photos. A complete set of photos from the night
can also be downloaded from http:\\uprctims.uprct.nsw.gov.au\downloads\felicity\reapics.
The hard work and dedication
of the students, teachers and community groups involved in
the Waterwatch program was recognised on the 23rd November
during the annual Waterwatch harbour cruise. The winners of
the Platypus Award for excellence and
innovation by a senior Waterwatch group went to Crestwood
High, James Ruse High, Girraween High, Catherine McAuley Westmead
and Mitchell High. The Water Dragon
Award, for excellence and innovation by a junior Waterwatch
group went to Matthew Pearce Public, Jasper Road Public
and Carlingford West Public. The Turtle
Award, for excellence and innovation by a community group,
went to Sophia Doyle Bushcare and Pendle Hill Bushcare. The
Alan Cupit Award for Educator/Individual
Excellence went to: Alan Alison, Geoff
Mathew, Krystyna Stead, Jenny Bhatia, Katie Granham, Robyn
Lees, David Johnston, Carol Turner, Karen Scanes, Juris Meizis,
Rita Kuksal, Gizelle Kazzi, Jeanette Wheildon, Julie Graham,
Sylvia Heywood, Max Wehling, Margaret Smith and Gail Cumming.
Congratulations and thank
you to all of those who have given of their time, to make
our Waterwatch program a success.
For information about the 4th
Edition of the On-site Stormwater Detention Handbook
ATTENTION STUDENTS: Are you doing a GEOGRAPHY or SCIENCE project?
Click here to discover fact sheets,
maps, photos and activities.
- Whole catchment information (biodiversity, demographics, geology,
geomorphology, hydrology, landuse, rainfall, social history, soil
types and vegetation communities)
- Sub-catchment information (the seven sub-catchments within the
Upper Parramatta River catchment)
- Environmental issues information (biodiversity, ecologically
sustainable development, environmental legislation, flooding,
impacts of urban development, water sensitive urban design)
- Curriculum links
- Field trips including a virtual field trip to the Ganges River,
- Geography and Science activities
If you require further information, phone the Trust on 9891 4633.
To find out what has been happening around the catchment lately
read the November
2006 issue of Streamline or you can also view back
- Winners of Regional Environment Awards
- Flood Culvert Opening
- The Trust's final months
- Swim for the day at Lake Parramatta
The River Rag
Find out what schools and community groups are up to in the Waterwatch
program. The October
edition of the River Rag is available now. You can also view
previous editions here.
- Post Trust survival kit
- Fifteen years of Waterwatch celebrated
Environmental Education Kit for Secondary Schools
The Trust's Environment Education kit
for Secondary Schools been designed to fully comply with curriculum
requirements and provide accurate and up-to-date information on
local, regional and global environmental issues and solutions. The
kit contains 10 information sheets on catchment characteristics,
9 sheets on the sub-catchment, 10 sheets on local environmental
issues, 10 field trip guides, 10 Geography activities, 16 Science
activities, 18 full-colour maps and curriculum links. The kit also
includes a reference book on local plants and animals and a classroom
set of specially-printed topographic and air photo maps of the catchment.