Water catchments

What is a catchment?

 Tempe Wetlands Reeds and pond 1. Green panoramic view

A catchment is the area of land that drains into the one waterway (creek or river). Whatever happens in that catchment, affects that waterway. Rainwater runs off roofs, roads and footpaths becoming stormwater which picks up pollution along the way. This water eventually ends up at the bottom of the catchment.

Everyone lives in a catchment and can  help improve the quality of local waterways. It is up to everyone to keep local waterways clean. 


Inner West Catchments

The Inner West Council area is mainly within two water catchments.

  • The Cooks River Catchment
  • The Lower Parramatta River Catchment

Inner West Council, the Cooks River Alliance and Parramatta River Catchment Group have a shared vision of making our rivers and waterways swimmable again. Preventing large, small and chemical pollutants from entering the waterways in the first place is the best way to do this. This can be achieved with help from the community.

In addition to that Council counts with Gross Pollutant Traps (GPTs) which are one way to treat stormwater before in enters local waterwaus.

You can help by building water-sensitive design elements on your property or installing a water tank.

Person contemplating water in Marrickville golf course.  


    Looking for Community Representatives for Parramatta River  

    Man planting native grasses in bushland , background Anzac Bridge and White bay

    Community input to the Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG) and the implementation of the Parramatta River Masterplan is really important to us. Nominations are now invited from interested people to represent their community/organisation on the PRCG. The PRCG accepts a maximum of five representatives to attend PRCG Full Group meetings which are held quarterly on the first Thursday of the month at Council venues across the catchment. The term for a community representative is three years.

    To nominate yourself, please click on the link below and complete the form. Nomination forms must be submitted by 5:00pm, Monday 10 May, 2021.

    For more information, email the PRCG Coordinator, Nell Graham: nell.graham@canadabay.nsw.gov.au.


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    Page last updated: 14 Apr 2021