New South Wales Minister for Finance and Services Andrew Constance has marked the construction of a $9 million project to rejuvenate the Cooks River.

The Cooks River Naturalisation Project will see 1.1km of deteriorating concrete slabs along the river bank at three sites in Canterbury, Campsie and Belfield naturalised with sandstone and native plants.

“This project is a historic opportunity to improve the river’s health and natural character,” Mr Constance said.

“It demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to projects that will make our cities sustainable and liveable for future generations.

“This is a significant investment which will improve the foreshore area and the river’s ecological health, providing a wonderful place for the local community to enjoy.

Key local councils, state agencies, service providers, local environmental groups and residents have been working with Sydney Water on the planning and design of the project

Mr Constance said the naturalisation work is part of a broader financial commitment to the health of the Cooks River.

“Besides this project, Sydney Water has an ongoing maintenance program for the Cooks River and plans to spend a further $2 million over the next three years,” Mr Constance said.

“This is in addition to the $6 million spent last year on removing 10,000 tonnes of silt and sediment near Tasker Park. This will keep the river healthy and reduces the risk of flooding.”

The project was developed in partnership with the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority, local councils and other land and water managers.

Construction will be complete by June next year.

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