Every river tells a story. And so do the people who live along them. That's why we've been capturing the stories of those people who love and care for our rivers.
Throughout history, cultural knowledge and values have been passed from generation to generation through the use of stories. They bring to life the lessons of our past and paint pictures of our future. Yet more often river advocates and managers rely on facts and figures to influence decision makers and garner public support.
We've walked a different path.
For many years, we've found capturing stories a useful way to highlight the many social and cultural values of healthy rivers. Our first program - Your River - has been building an online living record of the people who love and care for Victoria’s great rivers and wetlands since 2004.
Take a minute and explore these rivers through the eyes of these river champions.
Greater Melbourne Rivers
In 2007 we took this work with stories to a new level with our Storylines project, which celebrates the stories of personal connection to Murray River wetlands through the use of the digital story-telling.
Telling stories through new media
Digital storytelling combines the compelling tradition of oral storytelling with new technologies, creating short, autobiographical video-clips that explore the authors' own story and experience. The production process brings together video, photos, text, music and voice-over narration. This modern-day form of capturing and sharing stories offers a powerful way to celebrate and the personal moments, memoirs, and connections that make a place unique.
Our Storylines participants tell us that they found the experience of celebrating their connection to this special place to be an empowering experience. They were left with a feeling of renewed confidence and determination to defend it.
Each story we capture is different, but ultimately they are all the same. In an era of branding and marketing, what came through was that people love their rivers. And any damage to those rivers, damages the lives of the people who love them.
Now, it's over to you...
Tell a River story
The project is now inviting the general public to contribute their own anecdotes and memories about rivers. So far we have received a handful of evocative contributions about the Yarra. We look forward to reading many more and, more importantly, publishing them on our website.
Catch up with the latest news and stories below.
No more delays to Murray-Darling Basin Plan
Thursday 21 April 2016
A coalition of eighteen environment, Indigenous and community groups has called on State and Commonwealth governments to rule out delaying or weakening environmental...more
Senate inquiry misses the mark on Basin Plan
Thursday 17 March 2016
The Senate Select Committee on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan has degenerated into farce with dissenting reports and disputed recommendations, Environment Victoria said...more
Andrews Government river plan welcomed
Tuesday 15 December 2015
Today’s announcement of a new plan to improve the health of rivers and streams across Victoria by limiting livestock access to riverbanks...more
New water report identifies next steps for Andrews Government
Sunday 13 December 2015
Victoria needs a fresh approach if it is to become a leader in protecting its rivers and saving and reusing water, according...more
Buyback cap threatens rivers - and Howard's legacy
28 May 2015
The Abbott Government’s proposed legislation to cap water buybacks is a major threat to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and trashes John Howard’s legacy, says Environment Victoria....more
Environment Victoria calls on all parties to get cows out of our rivers
26 November 2014
Environment Victoria will today inflate a giant cow in central Ballarat as part of its Cut the Crap campaign to highlight the issue of cows trampling and polluting the state’s rivers...more
Environment Victoria welcomes first step in getting cows out of our rivers
18 November 2014
Environment Victoria has welcomed the Napthine government announcement of an extra $20million for fencing livestock out of public land on river banks.
Cut the crap – Environment Victoria inflates a giant cow on the banks of the Barwon River in Geelong
11 November 2014
Environment Victoria will today inflate a giant cow on the banks of the Barwon River in Geelong as part of its...
Cut the crap – Environment Victoria calls on parties to get cows out of our rivers
31 October 2014
Environment Victoria will today inflate a giant cow on the banks of the Yarra to highlight the issue of cow trampling and polluting the state...
It's a public consultation trifecta! Right now, the state government and its agencies are seeking public feedback on three important things: managing our water and rivers, protecting biodiversity and looking after our River Red Gum National Parks. Here's how to have your say,...more
A whopping 440 billion litres of storm water is available for re-use every year, even under dry conditions – more than the City’s current consumption of around 400 billion litres. Add to that the more than 400...more
While the word ‘inquiry’ might conjure up images of people sitting in a stuffy room speaking legalese, the revelations of the inquiry into coal mine rehabilitation have been anything but boring. In my role as Safe Climate Campaign Manager, I have been representing Environment Victoria at the...more
The Murray-Darling Basin Plan is really quite simple – it’s a $13billion investment in river health and sustainable water use. Yet it is subject to a constant barrage of criticism from user groups and political attempts to undermine its environmental outcomes.
Environmentalists and farmers are sometimes in opposing camps, but not when it comes to fencing off river banks.
The Victorian Farmers Federation recently suggested the Victorian Government should make greater use of the environmental levy on water bills to pay for riverbank restoration...more
- Victoria: green and growing |
- Water Security, Healthy Rivers: Our Vision for Melbourne |
- An Audit of Seven Environmental Bulk Entitlements – Recommended, Planned, and Actual Release of Environmental Water to Victoria’s Stressed Rivers |
- Submission to 2009 Biennial Assessment of progress in Implementation of the National Water Initiative |
- Environment Victoria’s submission to the draft Northern Region Sustainable Water Strategy |
- Inquiry into Melbourne's Future Water Supply |
- Environment Victoria submission to Environment Effects Statement for the Victorian Desalination Project |
- Submission to the EPBC investigation of the Sugarloaf Pipeline |
- Environment Victoria submission to Project Impact Assessment of the Sugarloaf Pipeline Proposal |
- Submission to Northern Region Sustainable Water Strategy Discussion Paper |
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