Cooks River Clean Up and Paddle Against Plastic

This March, the Club hosted our third annual Cooks River Clean Up and Paddle Against Plastic.

The Clean Up is part of our broader efforts to step into a stewardship role and actively ‘give back’ to the beautiful river we’re lucky to call home. It’s also a great opportunity to reach out to the wider community, and bring likeminded people together people to help care for the Cooks River—historically considered one of Sydney’s most polluted waterways.

This year, 120 people took the water in canoes and kayaks, removing 687kg of small plastics from the river!

Our participants—many of them first time paddlers—also pulled out some memorable items, from water guns to office chairs and tricycles.

In parallel to the open community event, we also arrange for waterway cleaning experts Ocean Crusaders to come down from Queensland to help dredge up larger rubbish from the river.

With local volunteers on board, they headed out for 3 intensive days of cleaning on the river, removing a whopping 2.6 tonnes of street rubbish—as swell as enough large items to fill their cleaning barge each day!

In 2019, the collective clean-up efforts removed over 3 tonnes of waste, and in 2020 we removed a whopping 13.8 tonnes!

None of this would be possible without the work of our amazing volunteers who work hard behind the scenes to make the clean up happen, helping out with everything from launching boats to designing logos, and from COVID safety planning to lifting rubbish.

As we move forward with planning for our next clean up in 2022, we would love to connect with other people passionate about the Cooks River who can help make the next event even bigger and better than ever.

We’d welcome your involvement and support
 There are significant efforts required to deliver a successful event/community initiative of this scale and importance. We are looking for environmentally conscious community-minded organsiations to join us on the day in the form of general participation and in any other ways that you may consider appropriate – eg helping promote the event,  encouraging team members to come along, assisting with equipment etc. More than anything though, we’d  just love to see you and your team members at the event on the day.

Keen to become an event sponsor?
Any assistance you can provide will be greatly appreciated. In return for being an event supporter, we will recognise you through :
·Inclusion of your logo on event posters and associated event communications.
·Recognition through social media posts by the River Canoe Club and other event partners.
·Recognition on the River Canoe Club website for 3-months.

To discuss opportunities for event participation, contact Zoe from the River Canoe Club zoe.rivercanoeclub (at) Together we can really make a difference – continuing to give the Cooks River, along with our local resident and business communities, a brighter future