“WHY is the river like it is?” is another question we often get asked. One of the contributing factors is that in the early period of colonial Australia, major developments were actively shunted from more populous areas to ‘backyard’ or out of sight areas, on the fringes of more developed areas. An excellent essay by Dr. David Reid explains in more detail how post-colonisation timeline of land use changes highlights short-sighted parochial denigration and degradation of southern Sydney landscapes and waterways. https://georgesriver.org.au/learn-about-the-river/not-my-backyard-attitude-degraded-georges-river READ GEORGES RIVERKEEPER ARTICLE
Oatley Flora and Fauna members have been involved with the River Health Program and River Clean up activities.