Apr 10, 2006

Cooks River Festival Celebrates a vital Urban Waterway

Cooks River Festival Celebrates a vital Urban Waterway


10 April 2006

Anthony Albanese MP, Shadow Minister for Water and Federal Member for Grayndler was yesterday pleased to be part of the Cooks River Festival, the opening taking place at Steel Park, Marrickville.

The festival has been reinstated after ten years and showcases sustainable water and arts initiatives. The official opening included a ceremonial tree planting.

Mr Albanese said, “There is an ever increasing urgency when it comes to caring for our urban waterways.”

“The Cooks River Festival is a great example of how local communities can come together to meet the challenges of sustainability.”

“We have leadership from our local community. We have leadership from our local and state governments.

“What is missing is a Federal Government commitment to meeting the challenges of sustainability.”

“The Cooks River itself is a major cultural symbol and important environmental feature for the Indigenous and broader Marrickville community.

Mr Albanese said, “It serves as a meeting place for these communities. Indeed I was encouraged to join with members and leaders of these communities for the launch of ROAR, Residents Organised Against Racism in Steel Park earlier this year.”

“I encourage as many people as possible to be a part of initiatives like the Cooks River festival so that together we can protect our vital urban waterways and river systems,” said Mr Albanese.