Big thanks to Canterbury Council who have installed a floating litter trap & boom in the river next to Boat Harbour at Hurlstone Park. The boom collects floating debris that comes downstream, including the bane of the river, plastic bottles. The trap is full already & has only been installed within the last week or two.
What I particularly like is that the boom itself has been left bare, so that the birds can perch on it & watch the river as is their natural behaviour. It is the exact opposite of the bird-deterring boom in the Alexandra Canal that is covered in spikes to prevent the birds landing on it. I found that so pointlessly cruel, especially as there is nowhere on the Alexandra Canal for the waterbirds to perch. See – http://bit.ly/1rucdNQ
Boat Harbour has the fenced off bird sanctuary on the peninsula, the first wildlife sanctuary on the Cooks River & now, a great big floating litter trap with perches, as well as a 40-metre or so boom to sit on. I bet the waterbirds are ecstatic.
The boom & trap will go a long way to help clean the river & will also be a magnet for waterbirds to spend time. I saw fish swimming near the entrance of the boom & bet the cormorants are already diving under it to source their dinner.
The Bird Sanctuary & boom is an excellent addition to the Cooks River & will encourage waterbirds to stay on the river. The more waterbirds there are, the more the river will be attractive to people. Hopefully, seeing the birdlife will encourage people to treat the Cooks River & surrounds with respect. I hope that other floating litter traps with booms will be installed elsewhere along the river.
Other fabulous news is that Sydney Water has started naturalization work along the riverbank outside Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland. The works include removing the concrete from the riverbank, adding gradually sloped standstone banks so the birds & the turtles can exit the river. Sydney Water will also be extensively re-vegetating the area. The naturalization works extend from past the Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland all the way to the pedestrian bridge over the river at the Sugar Factory apartments – a massive area.
We have seen what Sydney Water can achieve with their naturalization work at Whiddons Reserve in Croydon Park (See – http://bit.ly/VNsuP4) & with the spectacular work creating the jewel that is the Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland. This new naturalization work will make this section of the Cooks River very beautiful & fantastic for the river ecology & wildlife. I will post more as work proceeds.