Duck River hosts Riverfest

Duck down to the river: “It is definitely an event not to be missed," Parramatta River Catchment Group chairman Jerome Laxale said.
Duck down to the river: “It is definitely an event not to be missed," Parramatta River Catchment Group chairman Jerome Laxale said.

Everyone is invited to celebrate Parramatta River’s main tributary this Saturday.

Riverfest 2017 will be held on the banks of the Duck River near Auburn Botanic Gardens. It’s part of a Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG) initiative to make the river swimmable again by 2025.

There will be something to keep everyone busy from African drummers, a unique public painting event and an appearance from Wests Tigers NRL players to free cycling tours, kids’ activities, community stalls, and a live performance from the Pinks, starring Mental as Anything band member Reg Mombassa.

Both sides of state government will be represented with the attendance of opposition leader Luke Foley and Parramatta MP Geoff Lee. Cumberland Council administrator Viv May will launch the council’s revitalisation plans for Duck River.

The Painted River art project will be launched, where the public can pick up a brush and paint their future vision for for the Parramatta River and its tributaries.

“Through the Our Living River project, the PRCG has been working hard towards developing a masterplan that will deliver a world class, quality river where people can safely swim,” chairman Jerome Laxale said. “Riverfest will provide a wonderful opportunity for everyone to come together and celebrate our amazing rivers in so many different ways.”

  • Saturday, noon-4pm at the Duck River picnic area, Auburn Botanic Gardens.