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Cooks River Foreshore Working Group

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Cooks River Foreshore Working Group

The Cooks River Foreshores Working Group (CRFWG) was a voluntary association of local councils and state government agencies that worked together between 1998 and June 2011 to improve the health and amenity of the Cooks River, its foreshores and catchment environment. Marrickville Council was an active and founding member of the CRFWG that ended 30 June 2011.

Guided by the vision, objectives and strategies of the Cooks River Foreshores Strategic Plan (Clouston 1997), the Cooks River Foreshores Working Group (CRFWG) facilitated and promoted regional collaboration by key stakeholders to establish a more holistic and coordinated approach to the management of the River.

The CRFWG played a pivotal role in driving Cooks River improvement. Its efforts and initiative helped to attract significant support for council and community projects aimed at improving the Cooks River system, and have spawned numerous valuable regional and local projects which are changing the face of the River day by day.

The success of the CRFWG has now led to the formation of a new and better resourced Cooks River Alliance whose primary focus will be natural resource management for a healthier Cooks River and catchment.

The Alliance is currently supported by the eight former CRFWG-member councils – Ashfield, Bankstown, City of Canterbury, City of Sydney, Hurstville, Marrickville, Rockdale and Strathfield Councils – and it is hoped that the other catchment councils will join forces as well.

Visit the CookNet website for more details of what is happening along the Cooks River Foreshores.