Our vision: The Parramatta River is one of Australia’s greatest and best known waterways. Its catchment is valued and celebrated by the community for its rich history, healthy natural environment and vibrant outdoor spaces.
Vision statement developed by the Parramatta River Catchment Group, 2009.
The Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG) is a regional organisation of local councils, state agencies and community representatives whose aim is to work together to improve the health of the Parramatta River catchment. Through regional collaboration, the PRCG seeks to ensure coordination of effort, professional management, optimal use of resources and greater impact on governmental policies and decisions affecting the catchment than could be achieved through each member working separately.
Members of the PRCG include council representatives from Ashfield, Auburn, Bankstown, Blacktown, Canada Bay, Holroyd, Hunters Hill, Leichhardt, Parramatta, Ryde and Strathfield, as well as representatives from relevant state government departments and authorities, and representatives from indigenous and environmental community groups. Members meet two to three times a year to discuss issues and opportunities relevant to improving the natural environment within the Parramatta River catchment.
The PRCG undertakes regional, collaborative projects that assist in addressing one or more issues affecting the local environment, for example, stormwater pollution, increasing biodiversity corridors or environmental education initiatives. Depending on the focus of each project, a wide variety of stakeholders may be involved, including council officers, residents, businesses or specific community groups such as those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Three sub-committees operate within the PRCG representing the following themes:
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU): The PRCG’s Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is an historic document. It signifies the importance of the Parramatta River catchment and the willingness of each organisation to work collaboratively to reach our shared vision. The MoU has been officially signed by all 12 members councils and six state agencies. It sets the stage for how each organisation will work together to co-ordinate natural resource management on a catchment-wide basis.