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Explore oral histories, insightful stories, traditional ecological knowledge and human connection to our river systems.
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    Learn about the cultural and personal connections Aboriginal people have with our river systems.
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    People communicate through stories, here we share great tales from Australia's rivers and the communities that live beside them.

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    Budj Bim Restoration Project

    The Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape is a section of volcanic plain that encompasses the area from Mt Eccles to the sea. The basalt lava flow created a series of wetlands and rivers including Lake Condah, Darlots Creek and Fitzroy River and estuary. In 2010, Lake Condah was restored and the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners are now focusing on protecting and restoring other waterways in the landscape.

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    Aboriginal Water Values

    Glenelg Hopkins CMA, in partnership with Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and Barengi Gadjin Land Council, has funding from DELWP to develop an Aboriginal Water Values project for the Glenelg River system from July 2015 to December 2016. The Glenelg River is valued by Victorians and South Australians for its high social, economic, cultural and environmental attributes and runs through two Traditional Owner areas, managed by Gunditj Mirring TOAC and Barengi Gadjin Land Council.

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    Bitterns boom in border wetlands

    Bitterns are booming in wetlands along the Murray River. Scientists estimate upwards of 200 Australasian bitterns are currently nesting in the Barmah-Millewa forest, enjoying the benefits of environmental water.

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    Clontarf dancers inspired by ibis

    The cycle of life in the Gwydir Wetlands has inspired a new dance from members of the Clontarf Academy at Armidale High School. The ‘Ibis Dance’ has been choreographed and recorded as part of a partnership project between the Armidale Clontarf Academy and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).  Catering for Aboriginal boys […]

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    Wirraminna

    WIRRAMINNA is a wonderful volunteer run and community based project which fosters an understanding of native plants and animals within our local woodland environments. It occupies four hectares of formerly unused ground around the old government dam, between the school and the recreation ground in Burrumbuttock, 30 km north of Albury, in southern NSW. From its […]

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    Y Water Discovery Centre and the Yea Wetlands

    One of Yea’s best kept secrets, the Y Water discovery centre at the Yea Wetlands offers a unique look at the history, cultural heritage and flora and fauna of this special place. The Wetlands are a short walk from the town centre and accessible via a boardwalk, walking track and footbridges. Bushwalking, birdwatching and simply relaxing and […]

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    Lake Victoria

    Lake Victoria is a shallow lake approximately 60 km downstream of the Murray-Darling junction covering approximately 12,000 hectares. It is a naturally occurring lake which in the past received water when the Murray River flooded. Works to install embankments and regulators in the 1920s turned Lake Victoria into a highly managed off-river storage which today serves to […]

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    Kulcurna Homestead

    On a recent trip to map parts of far Western New South Wales, Australian UAV staff took some impressive aerial photos of Kulcurna Homestead, a station on the Murray River near the South Australian border. This part of the Murray features iconic tall red sandstone cliffs and a horizon that seems to stretch on forever. Kulcurna […]

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    Wonga Wetlands

    Wonga Wetlands is situated on the Murray River, just 5 minutes from the Albury CBD, and offers stunning sightseeing, birdwatching and bushwalking opportunities on 80 hectares of floodplain. The site is used by members of the public, school groups and researchers who all come to enjoy and learn about riverine and wetland ecosystems. The history […]

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    Window on the Wetlands Centre, Warren

    The Window on the Wetlands Centre is well on the way to becoming a tourist destination in Warren. Stage 2, the relocation of the old church hall from the nearby Catholic Primary school was recently completed. The church now sits beside the Tiger Bay wetland, to be re-born into a place to showcase the wonders of wetlands, while […]