Blue Mountains News

Cleaning Up and Preserving Our Waterways

Source: Office of Susan Templeman MP Federal Member for Macquarie
Posted: 23 Feb 2019
Rivers and waterways in and around the Blue Mountains will be eligible to share in $200 million to help restore urban waterways to their natural beauty, under a Labor Government.

Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman said Labor would engage with community groups, local environmental organisations, state and local government to bring urban waterways and habitat corridors back to health.

“The Blue Mountains are surrounded by beautiful, sweeping waterways including the Hawkesbury and Nepean Rivers, and is home to many smaller creeks and waterholes.

“Sadly, urban activities have taken their toll. This $200 million investment by Labor will allow local groups to apply for small grants to help ensure our precious rivers and waterways are treated properly and kept healthy for those who use them now, and for generations to come.

“Our stunning natural waterways rightly deserve to be preserved.

“We are lucky to have many active environmental groups that would be eligible to apply for a share of Labor’s $200 million Urban Rivers Project.  The funding will be available for projects that help preserve our waterways including:

  • Building wetlands to capture, clean and filter stormwater;
  • Revegetation and tree planting along corridors;
  • Science and education programs including ‘bush kinder’;
  • Bird boxes and waste capture;
  • Employment of indigenous rangers; and
  • Turning urban waterways back into creeks and rivers, again through changing hard surfaces back to natural surfaces.

“One of the great things about Labor’s policy, is we’re recognising and understanding that local organisations are often the most passionate and effective organisations in combating environmental degradation and promoting sustainability.

“I will be reaching out to our local groups who have an interest in the health of our waterways, including our local businesses, tourism industry, environmental groups and of course local, state and federal government agencies.

“I’ll be encouraging them to have a say in what is needed to ensure our waterways are protected and used sustainably.

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