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Websites & Books

Useful Websites:

ABC’s Catalyst story about Toxic Sediments and Stormwater in Sydney Harbour.
The story can be viewed here

Water Sensitive Urban Design – Sydney Program
This site has extensive information about resources, links, and projects relating to the implementation of WSUD in organisational policy, practices and on-ground works.

Upper Parramatta River Catchment Trust
This website has technical information, fact sheets and education resources about the Upper Parramatta River catchment.

International Environmental Weed Foundation
This site has information about restoring degraded ecosystems and the natural function of urban landscapes. Includes a brochure with information about how to protect the habitat of small native birds in the Parramatta River area: Weed removal & habitat – Before you start…look, listen & consider.

Duck River Sydney
Community groups involved with the restoration of Duck River bushland and riparian areas

Books and Articles:

Lynette C. McLoughlin (2000)
Estuarine wetlands distribution along the Parramatta River, Sydney, 1788-1940: Implications for planning and conservation
Volume 6(3). This article contacts a good reference list at the end, for further information.
Available on-line:

Gavin F Birch & Stuart E Taylor (2004)
The Contaminant Status of Sydney Harbour Sediments. A handbook for the Public and Professionals Geological Society of Australia

Lynch, L.M.A., Spence, M.M. & Pearson, W.C. (1976)
Parameters for the River National Trust of Australia (NSW), Sydney

The River: Sydney Cove to Parramatta
Gregory Blaxell (2009, Halstead Press)

A River Revived: The Parramatta
Carol Powell (1987, UNSW Press)

Beyond Duck River
Angela Martin (2001, Hodder Headline)

Bennelong’s River To Darug Insights
Keith Vincent Smith (2008, Macquarie University)
Available on-line:

The fishermen of Iron Cove: in un mare diverso
Dr Annette Salt (2006, Leichhardt Council in association with the Australian Centre for Public History, University of Technology Sydney)

Article: Parramatta River

Article: The Forgotten River (Sydney Magazine, 2009)

Article: The Wrecks of Homebush Bay

Brochure: Tales of Toongabbie Creek
Parramatta City Council and Upper Parramatta River Catchment Trust, 2002
Available on-line: