Nov 20, 2014

Ongoing funding for Cooks River critical

Today I met with the Member for Watson, Tony Burke, and the Shadow Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Mark Butler, on the banks of the Cup and Saucer Creek to discuss future funding for the Cooks River.

The Cooks River is an iconic part of the Inner West landscape.

Over the years the Cooks River has undergone a transformation from a stormwater drain to a place where you can go for a walk and appreciate the wetlands.

After decades of neglect much more needs to be done.

Community groups, such as the Cooks River Alliance, have played a critical role in this progress.

Funding, which includes more than $2 million from the former Labor Government, has also made a massive difference to the health of the river.

Our rivers and wetlands form a unique part of the Inner West and must be preserved.

I am pleased to have been able to help secure this funding and will argue for continued investment in the Cooks River.