Inner West Council


The Cooks River Alliance was launched in September 2011 by eight councils in the Cooks River Catchment – Ashfield, Bankstown, Canterbury, City of Sydney, Hurstville, Marrickville, Strathfield and Rockdale. The Alliance employs a small but dedicated team with the aim of effectively addressing the complex problems of the Cooks River in the long term, whilst maximising the efficient use of member councils’ limited resources.

The Alliance will help councils achieve sustainable urban water management (SUWM) in the Cooks River Catchment through organisational capacity building, and partnership building with other councils, government agencies, community organisations and local people. Working together towards SUWM will provide social, organisational and physical benefits to the Cooks River Catchment, resulting in a healthy Cooks River in the long term.

For more information on the Alliance or to get involved please visit the Cooks River Alliance website or check out their facebook page  Cooks River Alliance Facebook page


Cooks River Sustainability Initiative

Prior to the formation of the Cooks River Alliance, a number of projects were undertaken to improve the health of the Cooks River catchment. A key example is the the OurRiver project - the Cooks River Sustainability Initiative (OurRiver) was an initiative of the former Cooks River Foreshores Working Group (CRFWG). OurRiver was a partnership between Ashfield, Bankstown City, City of Sydney, City of Canterbury, Hurstville City, Marrickville, Rockdale City and Strathfield councils, and Monash University.  The project ran from 2007 to 2011 and was funded by the NSW Environmental Trust’s Urban Sustainability Program.

OurRiver trialled an innovative planning model based on Marrickville Council’s award-winning Urban Stormwater Integrated Management (USWIM) project. The project was undertaken in six subcatchments across eight local government areas (LGAs). Management Plans were developed for the six OurRiver project areas (known as subcatchment management plans) which included construction projects and education and policy initiatives. These Plans and other Cooks River Sustainability Initiative documents are available from the website.

Cooks River Forum

Like to know what’s happening around the Cooks River? 

Come along to this family friendly forum which will feature presentations (including from state agencies and community groups), stalls, all-ages activities, entertainment and a sausage sizzle! The Forum is being held at Canterbury Public School, Church St, Canterbury from 12 noon to 4pm.

Activities will include:

Click here to download the flyer. Please RSVP to this free event at

There is limited parking so please consider taking public transport to the event as it is only 5 minutes from Canterbury train station.