Push to Make River Swimmable Again

Australia’s Bankstown Express Reports:

Push to make the Cooks River swimmable for first time in 80 years ‘achievable’

Wild Swimmers Cooks River in 1932

It has been about 80 years since people last enjoyed a swim in the Cooks River and there is now a push to make it swimmable again. The last known record Sydney Water has of people swimming in the river dates back to the 1930s. Since then, it has largely been avoided by swimmers as pollution from heavy industry and litter have degraded the river’s health.

“We would like to get to a stage where we can swim in the river, but that won’t be any time soon,” Cooks River Valley Association president Mr Butcher said. “The river won’t be a proper river again until it’s healthy enough for us to swim in.” A few years ago, that goal would have seemed like “pie in the sky” but it was now an “achievable objective”, he said.

Realising that “long-term vision” would require co-operation from all levels of government and the community. More…

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