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The Cooks River Environment

The Cooks River is located in the inner South West of Sydney. It runs through some of the most heavily urbanised and industrialised areas in Australia. It is located within the inner south western Sydney area in New South Wales. The Cooks River begins as a small watercourse near Graf Park in Bankstown and flows 23km in a generally easterly direction to enter Botany Bay just south of Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport.

The rivers "catchment" area covers about 100km2 across 13 Local Council areas. Care and control of the river is a complicated issue, where responsibility is shared between local Councils, the community and the State Government through agencies such as: 

  • Sydney Water Corporation, 
  • Environment Protection Authority, and 
  • Land & Water Conservation. 

Over recent years, the condition of the river has improved considerably, due in large part to the efforts of these stakeholders and our local community, however it remains a heavily polluted river with much more to be done. In 1991, the Cooks River Catchment Management Committee was formed to co-ordinate the work of these different organisations. This committee meets regularly and has representatives form each organisation and the community.


Cooks River panorama



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Memories of Cooks River


In his recollection 'Memories of Cooks River', William L. Howard shares with us his my memories of what is was like to have grown up in a family home that had its rear boundary at the high water mark of the Cooks River.


Growing up at 19 Permanent Avenue, Earlwood, the Earlwood-Undercliffe stretch of the river was very accessible to William. During his childhood and early adolescence, most of his activities were associated with it.


Take a step back in time and revisit the Earlwood of old and the charm of the Cooks River in 'Memories of Cooks River' »


Last Updated 19-Jun-2009