Blog | 24th Feb, 2010

I’m delighted to be with Environment Victoria

For me, rivers are a web of links across the state. Until recently I was a forest campaigner working to protect the remaining old-growth forests here in Victoria. Now, that I’ve got a rivers focus to my days, the patchy mosaic of forests we were working to protect stand in contrast to rivers and waterways that are still largely in existence. The problem is, they need a drink. Desperately.

I’m delighted to join Environment Victoria’s campaign for Healthy Rivers. Continuing to work to protect nature is very important to me personally. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of summers we spent along rivers in the far east of the state. Now, my daughter enjoys those rivers as much as I did. Except that now, the water levels are not as high as they were in the 80s.

In the face of climate change, I believe we need resilient, functioning and biodiverse ecosystems to help us all withstand rising temperatures and water scarcity. A wetter landscape – with rivers that have enough water in them – is vital in this ever-drying climate.

Right now, the State Government is not prioritising water flows to rivers. This is not good enough – as many of you Rivers Champions would know more intimately than I do. Drop me a line at It’d be great if you could help the campaign.