Terrific news – Canterbury Council & Sydney Water are soon to install a floating litter boom with a one-way entrance that will collect floating litter at Boat Harbour at Hurlstone Park.
Boat Harbour tends to attract floating bottles & other litter with the tidal movement. The boom will be great for this location, as well as the river as a whole.
Canterbury Council has recently created a bird sanctuary at Boat Harbour – the first wildlife sanctuary on the Cooks River, which is pretty special. Keeping humans out has brought the waterbirds back. It is wonderful to see these birds & know that they are now able to safely stay at one of their prime fishing spots.
For many years there was a litter collection boom just outside the entrance to Boat Harbour. Even after it broke waterbirds of all species could be found sitting on it & watching the river. To have a boom returned is great. Because the boom provides perch sites, this may make this section even more attractive to wildlife & we benefit from the beauty this brings.
Sydney Water will clean the boom regularly. Their naturalization work of the river bank close by on the opposite side should be starting soon. I think this section of the river from Boat Harbour to near & including Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland will end up being a haven for wildlife. This is what a river should provide & I am pretty excited about this.
For a photo of a similar trap & more information see – http://www.canterbury.nsw.gov.au/Environment/Cooks-River/Cooks-River-Litter-Boom