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One of three Environmental Vandalism signs put up by Inner West Council

It seems some have missed the beauty of the Cooks River.  Rather than pay a tipping fee, they think it is okay to sneak up the pedestrian path & dump a trailer load or three of building rubble into the river.   It is such a shame that a small financial gain for the vandal destroys our precious river environment.

The former Marrickville Council has worked for years to improve the health & ecology of the river, as have other Councils along the river.   Community group The Mudcrabs have also spent countless hours planting the riverbank & cleaning litter from the river.  I doubt whoever the vandal is has ever thought about this.

To protect our river & to stop this happening again, the Inner West Council needs to install bollards/gates at all entrance points.  Of course, these can allow entry to Council vehicles, but anyone else – no.   Not doing this means that Council runs the risk of someone dumping chemicals or other toxic substances into the river & causing a mass killing event of those creatures that live in the river.  This cannot be allowed to happen.

I thank Council for their speed in acting & for the community education by way of signs.  It is good for people to know about this.  I also hope the dumped debris is cleaned up fast.

Dumped into the Cooks River at Marrickville.  This does matter.  Photo taken at low tide. 

Quite sad to see the Little Black Cormorants sitting near this.  There were far less birds on the other peninsula - perhaps because of the dreadful toxic smell.

Quite sad to see the Little Black Cormorants sitting near this. There were far less birds on the other peninsula – perhaps because of the dreadful toxic smell.

It was an appalling sight. On one side of Boat Harbour at Hurstone Park, sat around six Little Black Cormorants & an assortment of other birds safe in the bird sanctuary created on this peninsula. On the other peninsula, right at the edge, sat a burnt out car.

The car had impounded stickers stuck to it by Canterbury Council. Naturally all the grass was burnt or dead.  Particularly awful was the smell & the shattered glass that surrounded the car.  It was obvious that much of this has been blasted into the river.

The juxtaposition between the beauty of nature & this apocalyptic sight was profound. I wondered what sort of person would drive a car to this setting & set fire to it. Not someone who respected the river that is for sure.

There is something horribly wrong with a section of our community in my opinion. I have seen televisions dumped in the river. Shopping trolleys are a normal sight. Three-seater lounges have also found their way into the Cooks River, though it must have been a trial to cart them there.  Walk or ride the length of the river & the amount & variety of visible garbage in the river is a sobering sight. Why do people do this? It is beyond my comprehension.

Now is a good time for Canterbury Council to make the smaller peninsula a bird sanctuary to match the other side.  Granted, it will cost more because a fence needs to be placed along the side of the canoe ramp, but it would be worth the expense.

The blue line is an idea where the fence could go to make this a second bird sanctuary in this location. A fence here in no way impedes people with canoes from accessing the river. The benefits to both birds & people if this becomes a wildlife sanctuary is immense. It is a great way to passively educate people about the importance of nature by allowing them to see beauty. A sanctuary here would prevent another car from being set fire to here again, as well as move anglers away from the most heavily populated area for waterbirds on the river. It's a no-brainer in my opinion.

The blue line is an idea where the fence could go to make this a second bird sanctuary in this location. A fence here in no way impedes people with canoes from accessing the river. The benefits to both birds & people if this becomes a wildlife sanctuary is immense. It is a great way to passively educate people about the importance of nature by allowing them to see beauty. A sanctuary here would prevent another car from being set fire to here again, as well as move anglers away from the most heavily populated area for waterbirds on the river. It’s a no-brainer in my opinion.

How much toxic material ended up blasted into the river is anyone's guess.

How much toxic material ended up blasted into the river is anyone’s guess.

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