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River Stories

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.

North-East Rivers

Western Rivers

Gippsland Rivers

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.

Gunbower-Koondrook-Perricoota Storylines 
Hattah Lakes Storylines

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.

Lean more about the Storylines project here

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.

Tell a River story

 

 



Catch up with the latest news and stories below.

 

 

Napthine government misused funds designed to protect Victoria’s rivers and creeks

18 September 2014

Environment Victoria has today demanded answers from the Napthine Government who have failed to spend a key environmental...

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Napthine Government goes to water on environmental levy

25 June 2014

The Napthine Government has failed to spend a dedicated environmental levy on its proper purpose of river protection and restoration, says a...

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New research finds Victoria’s future economic strength lies in protecting natural assets

19 June 2014

Victoria could create 225,000 new jobs and boost economic activity in key sectors by 22 per cent over the coming 15 years through protecting the state’s natural...

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Federal Budget takes the axe to climate and environment protection and Coalition’s environment credentials

13 May 2014

Environment Victoria has described this evening’s Federal Budget as permanently damaging, both to the environment, but also to the Coalition’...

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Environment protection and programs slashed in State Budget

6 May 2014

With massive cuts to environmental programs and a failure to honor its 2010 election commitments, Environment Victoria has described today’s State Budget as backwards looking and damaging for the state...

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Wimmera River health information online

26 February 2014
Matt Coughlan, Wimmera Mail-Times

A NEW online database released by Environment Victoria will provide information on the health of the Wimmera’s rivers.

The interactive maps, or ‘...

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Our Rivers, Our Lifeblood: New online atlas tracks the health of Victoria's rivers

25 February 2014

Environment Victoria is today launching Our Rivers, Our Lifeblood, a new web-based atlas and campaign which summarises the issues facing Victoria’s rivers catchment by...

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The Victorian Government refuses to delay the water plan as demanded by environmental groups

29 January 2014
Chris McLennan, Weekly Times

PUBLIC forums will start today on new state water laws after the Victorian Government refused demands from environmental...

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Environment Victoria condemns Abbott Government attacks on the environment’s legal team

18 December 2013

Environment Victoria is appalled by the Abbott Government’s decision to terminate funding for the Environment Defenders Offices across Australia.  

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Hundreds rally calling on Napthine Government to abandon plans for coal allocations and exports

10 December 2013

Hundreds of Victorians rallied at Parliament House today calling for the Napthine Government to cancel plans for a brown coal allocation and coal export industry for...

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Introducing our new Campaigns Director, Alex White

posted by markwakeham on Monday, 1 September, 2014 - 17:24

Our new Campaigns Director, Alex White, starts today. Here's what he has to say about why he came to Environment Victoria.

Back in 2012, I spent three months working on the Obama campaign in Boston and New Hampshire. The locals, as well as being bemused by my hard-to-understand...

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Mark

100 Days countdown: The hot environment issues this election.

posted by Mark on Thursday, 21 August, 2014 - 17:04

On 29 November Victorians will head to the polls to cast judgement on the Napthine Government. With just 100 days to go until polling day Environment Victoria CEO Mark Wakeham takes a looks at the hot environment issues this state election.

The Baillieu-led Coalition took office in...

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Juliet

River health or government wealth?

posted by Juliet on Wednesday, 2 July, 2014 - 13:45

Victoria’s rivers are in trouble. We are taking too much water out, letting too much pollution in and degrading our riverbanks by allowing livestock unrestricted access.

These problems are well documented and have been long acknowledged by government.

Despite this, the...

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Tom

Plant a tree for National Tree Day

posted by Tom on Tuesday, 1 July, 2014 - 16:36

We owe so much to trees: the air we breathe, the food we eat, the paper you’re reading this on… Ok, got you with that one, but the list goes on!

 
Trees are good for our environment, good for our society, good for our economy and good for us! So help us...
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Juliet

Commonwealth Water Act under review

posted by Juliet on Friday, 13 June, 2014 - 12:49

The Commonwealth Water Act, which came into operation in 2008, is ground-breaking environmental legislation. For the first time it put environmental protection at the centre of water management in the Murray-Darling Basin, and a key objective is that water should be managed in the national...

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Our Community Counts Rally - Jane Stabb's speech On Sunday 6 July, 25,000 Victorians braved the cold yesterday to speak out against a Budget that cuts key programs for our climate and environment, while continuing to support big polluters. Environment Victoria's Community Organiser Jane Stabb...
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Frankston Enviro Hub Grand Opening On Thursday 5 June, Environment Victoria launched the Frankston Enviro Hub - our brand new 2014 State Election HQ. The Enviro Hub is a place where local groups can get together and share ideas and where people can wander in for information to find out how they...
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