This week the Parramatta River Catchment Group launched the Our Living River
campaign, which aims to build support for making Parramatta River swimmable again by 2025. Until the 1950s, swimming was a common activity in the River, even in the freshwater sections. However since that time, urban development of the catchment and increasing awareness of recreational water quality issues has seen swimming all but disappear.
Lake Parramatta, where the water quality is already good enough to swim, despite its urbanised catchment
While preparations for the campaign were underway this year, we've been doing a project behind the scenes to understand the feasibility, options, timeframes and potential costs. Our work has helped show how we could bring back swimming to the Parramatta River, and has already encouraged Parramatta Council to make Lake Parramatta a more accessible swimming spot this summer.
We’re really excited by this initiative, which connects our catchment management work to tangible community benefits, and it’s great to see that there is a real buzz about the possibilities for Parramatta River. The next step for us is to continue working with Parramatta Council to help them realign their catchment management activities with the concept of a swimmable river by 2025.
Parramatta River in the Parramatta CBD, which will need more work before it’s swimmable again
On the Our Living River
website you can find more information, download a supporter pack and even vote for your favourite future swimming spot.