This link explains where the Heathcote area gets there water from, where it is treated as well as where all there sewage goes. It also has information about the water restrictions and how much the water in the Heathcote area costs. Once you crunch the numbers provided by this website you learn that the average person uses nearly 3000 liters of water each day. This source is very reliable because is is the main website for a lot of water information. This site is useful because you can get a lot of information off it easily.
This book (McIvor, a history of the shire and the township of Heathcote / by J.O. Randell) tells us about most of the History of Heathcote and the surrounding area. It also tells us all about the early encounters with aboriginal tribes that inhabited the area before it was created into Heathcote. This source is reliable because it is used in many libraries and is referenced in many studies such as the Strathfieldsaye Heritage Study. It is very useful because it gives us a hard copy about nearly all of Heathcotes history. NOTE: THE BOOK IS NOT ON THIS WEBSITE IF YOU WISH TO READ THE BOOK YOU WILL NEED TO BORROW IT FROM ONE OF THE LIBRARIES LISTED IN THIS LINK.
The surrounding area of heathcote is predomitally taken up by bushland and farmland. The main HWY in the area goes through the heart of the town making it a 'pit stop' town. This town is expanding however with many over 50's settling there for a peaceful lifestyle. There is not much in the town however with only 20 - 30 shops to go to and only one shopping center (IGA). All of the blocks in this area are quite large and quite cheap as well. This resource is useful because you can see visually the surrounding area of Heathcote. This resource is also very reliable because it is made by a very large and resentable company.
This link explains how polluted the river running through heathcote has become, it is so bad that pollutants that are in the Heathcote River include human faeces, heavy metals and industrial waste. Because of all of this in the river you can not use it at all for recreational uses. For it to be suitable to use for recreational use there will have to be a huge clean up of the river. This link is reliable because the article is made by a full time journalist and the site has some very good stories regarding the environment.
This link has nearly all the data collected from Heathcote over the last 10 years. It is very useful to identify how the population growth for this area is at the moment and in the past. It also identifies other information such as household income, average rent and number of businesses. All of the information on this link is reliable because it was published by the Australian Bureau Of Statistics.