Since the arrival of the first Europeans the Cooks River has had a tumultuous history. It has been dammed, diverted, dredged, dumped and thoroughly degraded.
In more recent times, thanks to the enormous work and efforts of individuals, government bodies and community, the river is recovering. Increasingly the river is recognised as a fantastic community resource with many natural and cultural features.
The following links are to some of the many projects that Council is involved in to improve the Cooks River as a natural and community resource.
Cooks River Alliance
This partnership between 8 councils bordering the Cooks River is focusing on the long-term improvement of the Cooks River catchment. It commenced in October 2011 and follows the successful OurRiver - Cooks River Sustainability Initiative (CRSI) grant-funded project that finished on 30 May 2011.
Cooks River Foreshore Working Group
This project involved a team of representatives from local councils and NSW State Government agencies working together to coordinate improvements to the health and amenity of the Cooks River system. It ended on 30 June 2011.
Cooks River Integrated Interpretation Strategy
A strategy finalised in January 2008 with the ultimate aim of integrating interpretation into the forward planning, management and conservation of the river.
Cooks River Sustainability Initiative (CRSI)
This partnership between 8 councils bordering the Cooks River to focus on long-term improvement of the Cooks River catchment was finalised on 30 May 2011.
Marrickville Cooks River Committee
Established to work with the community in improving the environment for the Cooks River and promote the value of the river's value as a natural system.
Ecological monitoring program conducted jointly between Marrickville, Kogarah, Rockdale and Canterbury Councils.