$1 MILLION TO RESTORE SYDNEY’S GEORGES RIVER

A re-elected Morrison Government will invest $1 million towards the restoration of Sydney’s Georges River catchment, with funding to be drawn from the new $100 million Environment Restoration Fund.

Announced in the 2019-20 Budget, the Environment Restoration Fund was created to help protect and restore Australia’s unique environment by supporting practical on-ground projects across the country.

The Member for Banks David Coleman MP described the Georges River as one of Sydney’s iconic waterways, saying it is important we keep it healthy.

“This project will improve the health of River through litter traps, revegetation and weed control as well as allow for the rehabilitation of key sites,” he said.

“We will work with groups like the Georges Riverkeeper Committee, Greater Sydney Local Land Services and NSW Parks and Wildlife to deliver this funding.”

Minister for the Environment Melissa Price said the Environment Restoration Fund would have three key priority areas: protecting threatened and migratory species and their habitats; improving Australia’s coasts, oceans and waterways; and increasing recycling of waste.

 “Our rivers and coasts are a major part of leisure and recreation for many Australian families, and this investment will protect the health of those important but delicate ecosystems,” Minister Price said.

“They are also an important source of habitat for many of Australia’s vulnerable native plants and animals, and conserving these areas will assist in improving the trajectory of our threatened species.”

For more information, visit: https://www.environment.gov.au/environment-restoration-fund