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Making Parramatta River Swimmable Again by 2025

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Making Parramatta River Swimmable Again by 2025
Ms. Sarah Cliff, RCE Greater Western Sydney (Parramatta River Catchment Group)
Asia-Pacific Regional RCE Meeting 2018
25-27 September, 2018, Parramatta (Sydney), Australia

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Making Parramatta River Swimmable Again by 2025

  1. 1. Making the Parramatta River swimmable again Sarah Clift Parramatta River Catchment Group
  2. 2. Sacred and special
  3. 3. Sydney deserves a world class river Parramatta - Sydney’s central river city 266km2 – from Blacktown to Sydney Harbour Diverse population >750,000 people
  4. 4. Our first milestone Lake Parramatta 1942 Later closed for swimming due to poor water quality Lake Parramatta 2015 Reopened for public swimming for the first time in 72 years
  5. 5. Water Quality
  6. 6. The future can go two ways NOW IS THE TIME
  7. 7. Working together towards our shared mission SDGs: 4.7, 6, 11.3, 11.4, 11.8 and 11.9 , 16.7 and 17 • SDG 4.7 “By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development…” • SDG 6.6 “Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management” • 16.7 “Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels”
  8. 8. Engagement at all levels  35 partner agencies  Over 15,000 people  Specific engagement of aboriginal people
  9. 9. What is a swimmable river?
  10. 10. Where should we swim?
  11. 11. What our community says…
  12. 12. The link between ecological health and swimmability SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation “By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes”
  13. 13. Iconic species approach
  14. 14. Our mascots
  15. 15. www.ourlivingriver.com.au

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