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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.

 

 

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.

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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River health threatened by grazing licence renewal says Environment Victoria

8 October 2014
The...

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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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From Twitter Twitter

Juliet

Let’s capitalise on unity over riverbank fencing

posted by Juliet on Monday, 15 June, 2015 - 10:48

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...

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anne

It's time for an ambitious Victorian Energy Efficiency Target

posted by anne on Thursday, 28 May, 2015 - 14:43

In May 2014 when the previous Napthine government announced it would close the ...

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Juliet

What does El Nino mean for our rivers?

posted by Juliet on Thursday, 21 May, 2015 - 13:39

While Melbourne shivered through icy winter weather last week, the Bureau of Meteorology quietly raised the country’s El Nino status from ‘alert’ to ‘El Nino’. This means that southeast...
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Juliet

Wetland Worries

posted by Juliet on Wednesday, 11 March, 2015 - 10:01

Wetlands are amazing places. Combining land and water, they are home to an incredible array of plants and animals and are among the most biodiverse ecosystems on earth. More than that, recent research has shown that they have the potential to capture and store large amounts of carbon for...

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Juliet

National parks and river banks – Inappropriate places for cows

posted by Juliet on Thursday, 18 December, 2014 - 09:53

Cattle grazing in national parks is headline grabbing stuff. Cows were removed from the Alpine National Park by the Bracks government, let back in by the Baillieu/Napthine government and are about to be kicked out again by the Andrews government. This is great news, as the scientific evidence...

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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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