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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.



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 ‘...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Victorian environment report suggests consideration of congestion tax, more buses

28 Novemberr 2013
Tom Arup, The Age
Victoria should investigate traffic congestion taxes, overhaul its energy supply and change its approach to planned...

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...


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.



From Twitter Twitter


Calling all river photographers – please share your pictures!

posted by Juliet on Wednesday, 28 August, 2013 - 17:32

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.

We’ve researched important information about Victoria’s rivers: catchment features, values and condition,...

Point out the mammoth in the room this election

posted by Tom on Friday, 23 August, 2013 - 15:14

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...


Plant a tree for National Tree Day

posted by Tom on Thursday, 25 July, 2013 - 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...

Wetlands under threat, need help…

posted by Juliet on Wednesday, 17 July, 2013 - 11:59

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...


Put your money where your mouth is

posted by Tom on Thursday, 2 May, 2013 - 13:43

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...


From Flickr Flickr

Backwards March Sunday, 13 November 2011 Hundreds of Victorians joined the Backwards March on Sunday, 13 November to ask the Premier to stop taking Victoria backwards.  After 12 disapointing months of leadership on our environment this good looking bunch marched backwards to demonstrate...
Irrigators lining up to sell water Monday, 25 July 2010 ABC News talks to irrigators about why water buyback should continue, and to our CEO Kelly O’Shanassy about our Oversubscribed report and why buyback is working. Share  

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