Media Releases | 13th Aug, 2007

Bendigo leads in search for water crisis solutions

Tuesday, 13 August 2007

River champions from around Victoria are coming to Bendigo to learn how the state’s dying rivers can be brought back to life.

Over 35 river champions, some of who volunteer as part of Environment Victoria’s healthy rivers campaign, will be part of the first Short Course in Sustainable Water Management run by Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE from 17th – 19th August.

Victoria’s river desperately need informed and passionate champions:

  • Only 25% of Victoria’s rivers are in good condition;
  • 90% of Murray Darling Basin wetlands have been destroyed;
  • Waterbird numbers have collapsed in some areas by over 80%

The Sustainable Water Management course provides a unique opportunity for interested people to gain knowledge and skills in river ecology and hydrology, and an understanding of the planning framework for sustainable water management in Victoria.

The course is an initiative of Environment Victoria, in response to requests for training from community representatives involved in water management committees, and has been developed and organised by the Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE.

“The degree of interest in the course shows the importance of sustainable water management to Victorians,” said Juliet Le Feuvre, Healthy Rivers Community Campaigner at Environment Victoria.
“That people are prepared to give up their weekend and travel to Bendigo from all around the state shows their commitment to river health and their desire to get involved in meeting community aspirations for their river systems.”

“Attending the course will provide me with the knowledge I need to contribute fully to the Stream Flow Management planning process” said Amy McDonald, who represents Environment Victoria on the Stream Flow Management Committee for Stringybark Creek in the Yarra valley.
“I am really excited about the course which will help me become a stronger voice for river health. I also look forward to the opportunity to learn with others who have similar interests.”

“Victorians want rivers to be proud of” said Ms Le Feuvre “The response to this course shows how much healthy river systems are valued by the community.”