The industrialisation of the Georges River has direct effects for Aboriginal people. Land is needed rapidly to build cheap hostels for factory workers. One area where some Koori people come to live is Herne Bay . Virtually all the urban migrant hostels in Sydney are on the Georges River in places like Chullora, Bankstown Aerodrome, Villawood, East Hills and Heathcote Rd. Goodall and Cadzow, Rivers and Resilience, p 187-9
Sally and Sam Smith move from Wellington with their daughters Janny and Judy. The family moves first to Redfern, then to Herne Bay (now Riverwood), upstream from the old Salt Pan Creek community sites, to some old Army buildings.