LABOR PLEDGES $150,000 TO CLEAN UP THE CURL CURL LAGOON AND GREENDALE CREEK

Dean Harris, Labor Candidate for Warringah and Tony Burke, Shadow Minister for Environment and Water, today announced a Shorten Labor Government will invest $150,000 to clean up the Curl Curl Lagoon and Greendale Creek.

This election will be a choice between a united Shorten Labor Government, which will protect our environment, or more of the Liberals’ cuts and chaos. We need real change, because more of the same isn’t good enough.

This will be a priority project under the Urban Rivers and Corridors Program, a $200 million commitment to bring urban waterways and habitat corridors back to health.

“Through the Urban Rivers and Corridors Program, a Shorten Labor Government will restore urban rivers across the country to their natural beauty,” Mr Burke said.

“Labor’s investment will unlock grant funding for projects to clean up our rivers including revegetation, tree planting, waste capture and naturalisation projects.”

For too long, our rivers, creeks and wetlands have been treated like storm water drains, ending up polluted, dirty and littered with shopping trolleys rather than being safe spaces for families, kids and school groups to visit.

Labor will engage state and local government, local councils, community groups and local environmental organisations to bring urban waterways and habitat corridors back to health.

Labor’s $200 million investment will unlock grant funding for projects to clean up our rivers including:

  • Building wetlands to capture and clean and filter stormwater
  • Revegetation and tree planting along corridors.
  • Citizen science and education programs along creeks and corridors, including bush kinder.
  • Bird boxes and waste capture.
  • Employment of Indigenous rangers.
  • Turning urban waterways back in to creeks and rivers again through changing hard surfaces back to natural surfaces (cement turned to river banks).

John Fisher Park, including Greendale Creek and Curl Curl Lagoon, is a popular, picturesque, accessible and heavily visited natural public asset. However, the quality of water in Greendale Creek and Curl Curl Lagoon has been visibly and measurably poor for several decades.

“The natural environment in Warringah is one of our greatest assets and I’m really proud to be able to make a significant contribution to protecting and enhancing that,” said Mr Harris.

Labor’s commitment to cleaning up urban rivers is part of a broader strategy to restore our oceans to health, including restoring Australia’s marine parks and tackling waste and plastics.

End the chaos. Vote for change. Vote for Labor.