Three garbage bins removed form the Cooks River!

Three garbage bins removed from the Cooks River, plus a few bags of collected litter.

Marine life on one of the bins.

Marine life on one of the bins.

I don’t think I am exaggerating when I say these bins have been in the Cooks River off Tempe Reserve for at least 3-years, so it was fantastic to see that they had been removed from the water. Not so good for the marine life that have set up residence though.

There was also a stack of bags filled with rubbish, presumably collected by people doing Community Service Orders. Their work in Tempe Reserve has made an enormous & positive difference. I thank them.

Marrickville Council has planted another three trees near the car park in the area that caught fire a couple of summers ago. This was good to see. The other trees planted last planting season are growing well.

Council has done further work on the Cooks River Valley Garden & surrounds. Two whole sweeps of grass have been killed ready for garden beds & tree planting if I remember correctly.

Work has been done to the area around the tap, which gave a number of us cause to celebrate. I hope this assumption is correct because it looks like Council is preparing to add an area where the wild birds can get a drink at the tap & in a way that excess or dirty water will be channeled into the Garden.

It makes sense because this whole area between the picnic kiosks & the Garden will be concreted as part of the upgrade. Dumped barbeque coals are a problem here, despite free gas barbeque facilities. The hot coals are thrown under the tap & therefore pollute the only water source available to wildlife.

It is quite fascinating to see the birds come when the tap is turned on. Of course there are the Ibis, but there are only ten birds that hang around this area of Tempe Reserve. Even in the peak of summer, numbers never go above 21 Ibis. I know because I have been watching & counting them for 4-years now.

Aside from the Ibis coming for a drink, there are Grey Butcher birds, Magpie larks, Crested pigeons, two Magpie families, Galahs & Noisy miners. Sometimes Cockatoos & Little Corellas come for a drink as well. Once I saw a Blue tongue lizard having a drink.

If this is Marrickville Council’s intention, I thank them. Having wildlife in & around the Cooks River Garden is a great thing for the picnickers to see & interact with, especially the children. Most of the birds in this area are not afraid of people. It is common to have a little Magpie lark wandering around your feet looking for any dropped crumbs. This is not something I have experienced before  & anywhere else.

Grass killoff as part of the upgrade

Grass killoff as part of the upgrade

Another section to the right of the above photo.

Another section to the right of the above photo.

Work done on the tap area at the western barbecue area.

Work commenced on the tap area at the western barbecue area.

Magpie lark having a bath.

Magpie lark having a bath.

And anothe just for fun,

And anothe just for fun,

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