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.
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 ‘...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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...more
MDBA makes good start on constraint management
28 November 2013
Environment Victoria has welcomed the Constraints Management Strategy released by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority today.
The Strategy identifies major obstacles to the delivery of environmental water...more
State of the Environment report paints bleak picture for the future
28 November 2013
Environment Victoria has warned today that the continued deterioration of Victoria’s environment, as highlighted in the State of Environment Report released today, is a clear and present...more
Victorian environment report suggests consideration of congestion tax, more buses
28 Novemberr 2013
Tom Arup, The Age
Broken promises and backwards steps - Audit finds Napthine Government has broken 13 environment election promises
27 November 2013
On the third anniversary of the election of the Coalition Government, Environment Victoria has today released its final audit of the state...more
Napthine Government takes important first step to get cows out of rivers
30 October 2013
Environment Victoria has welcomed the Napthine Government’s decision to reduce water licence fees for farmers who fence off their land to prevent stock from damaging rivers.
The Healthy Rivers team is working on an exciting new project called Our Rivers Our Lifeblood and we need your help to bring it to life.
It’s the most crucial election for our environment in decades and yet no one’s talking about the mammoth in the room.
Sure, Tony Abbott’s called himself ‘a fair dinkum environmentalist’ and Kevin Rudd’s called climate change ‘the greatest...more
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!
Do you have a favourite wetland? It could be just about anywhere in Victoria - somewhere big like Moira Lake in the Barmah Forest or Sale Common, or somewhere small like the Kew Billabong on the Yarra, or a secret spot on a little creek in the middle of nowhere. Or one of 13,000 other...more
How you invest and manage your money can have a big impact on our environment. So why not take the Ethical Money Challenge, to ensure that your money is used to create the future you want?
So you’ve tried green cleaning, riding to work and eating green. You’re a real green...more
- 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 |
- Environment Victoria's letter to Minister Madden requesting an EES for the Sugarloaf Pipeline |
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