Georges River Council invites you to join Georges River Watchers, a community volunteer-based water quality monitoring program established in partnership with Sydney Water's Streamwatch Program. The program aims to protect the natural environment, educate community members and enhance the communication networks with Council staff.
The Georges River Watchers undertakes water quality testing on a monthly basis (excluding December and January), collecting samples from various sites across the former Kogarah City Council local government area.
Volunteers are not required to have any qualifications or experience - they are simply required to have a healthy interest in monitoring the environment and discovering how various factors affect our local waterways.
Volunteers wishing to participate in water monitoring of other areas of the Georges River Council area are encouraged to contact the Georges River Combined Councils’ Committee.
Monitoring sites were carefully selected in order to deliver an accurate measurement of the overall catchment water quality whilst safety and health of volunteers are not compromised. The group meeting and testing sites are coordinated so that results can be regularly compared enabling progress or otherwise to be recorded.
Why the results are important
Council manages its estuaries and waterways based on the latest information available and this includes the results of testing by the Georges River Watchers.
Georges River Watchers Monitoring Sites
The eight sample sites in the former Kogarah City Council local government area have been selected to deliver an accurate measurement of the overall catchment water quality while ensuring the health and safety of our volunteers is not compromised. The sites are marked below, and are separated into two groups associated with sampling events.
Sample groups A and B are sampled alternate months, thus allowing each site to be sampled every two months. Sampling occurs at 9.30am on the third Sunday of each month excluding December and January.
Samples are collected at the allocated sites by volunteers. Meeting spots are organised to be held in an undercover shelter in each reserve and all areas have toilets and running water facilities. For more information please call Council’s Catchment Management Officer on 9330 6200 or simply turn up on any of the Sundays listed.
Sample site description
1. Sans Souci Park – end Riverside Drive, Sans Souci
The sample should be collected on the beach on the eastern side (left hand side) of the private cruise wharf and boat ramp. Toilet and hand washing facilities are present at the entrance of the Sans Souci pool complex.
2. Bonney Street Wharf – end of Bonney Street, Sans Souci
The sample should be taken on the beach to the south (left hand side) of the wharf and parking area. A tap for hand washing is located on a bollard near the water sampling site.
3. Claydon Reserve – end of Torwood Street, Sans Souci
The sample should be taken on the beach to the north (right hand side) of the boat ramp. Toilet and hand washing facilities are present next to the carpark.
4. Carss Bush Park – end of Carwar Avenue, Carss Park
The sample should be taken from the centre of the beach within the Carss Bush Park Baths. Toilet and hand washing facilities are present within the park.
5. Kyle Bay Reserve –Merriman Street, Kyle Bay
The sample should be taken on the beach directly below the beach entrance from Kyle Bay Reserve. Hand washing facilities are present within the reserve or bowling club.
6. Connells Bay Reserve –Connells Point Road, Connells Point
The sample should be taken in the middle of the beach at the end of Connells Point Reserve. Toilet and hand washing facilities are present within the reserve.
7. Oatley Bay – Morshead Drive, Oatley Bay
The sample should be taken on the beach to the west (right hand side) of the jetty and boat ramp. Toilet and hand washing facilities are present next to the carpark.
8. Oatley Pleasure Grounds –Annette Street, Oatley
The sample should be taken from the second set (closest to scout building) of access stairs into the Oatley Bay Baths. Toilet and hand washing facilities are present within the park.
Get involved now!
For more information contact Council's Catchment Management Officer on 9330 6400.