Want to be inspired and amazed at the work going on around Australia to protect and restore our rivers and wetlands? Then this is a must see edition of RipRap! There are 72 pages full of the latest environmental protection, watering and research projects from across Australia. Government, not-for-proﬁt and commercial organisations provide a range of perspectives and insights – not all of them in agreement.
The edition makes a wonderful handout at conferences, workshops and anywhere you want to engage with people to demonstrate the great work we are doing to restore our riverine environments.
I have been having such a great time recently as Curate Bee (Pat, Sandra & Melissa), Allison (my long time designer) and the ARRC work together to update, rebrand and revitalise our look, approach and sense of purpose. For those of you who know me, I began the ARRC when my (beloved) Land & Water Australia was shut down. I wanted to ensure that the work we had done remained accessible, and the relationships I had made over many years were maintained and broadened. I also wanted to create an organisation that was not subject to the whims of politics and the political process. It has sometimes been hard to keep the ARRC ‘afloat’, however, this past six months has really seen the organisation turn a corner, with great new partnerships, terrific projects and the return of RipRap.
We wanted to celebrate the ARRC’s coming of age with a new look and logo. Allison has designed a logo that shows the ARRC being supported by two embracing ‘ark like’ curves, which could also be thought of as arms hugging and valuing all that the ARRC contains. Our purpose is to support, inspire and motivate people to value themselves and the rivers they care about. If you are reading this blog you are part of the ARRC and are being ‘hugged’ within the logo we have developed. We have also revamped our blog into a new Email Newsletter that has a combination of river research, events, happiness and social media information. We hope you enjoy this mix as it represents the themes we are interested in promoting through the ARRC. We are also gradually updating our website’s look so stay tuned for developments.
We appreciate any help you can give us in spreading the word about what we are doing at the ARRC. We really want to get RipRap out across Australia, so we can boost optimism, congratulate ourselves on the work we do, and keep great conversations and stories being shared.
This Guideline explains what bio-diverse carbon is, where it is found and how it relates to river management. It is easy to read and provides the science behind the carbon cycle, greenhouse gases, carbon sequestration, and how we can create ‘rivers of carbon’ for environmental and economic benefits.
Written by Jann Williams, Phil Price, Michael Rooney and Siwan Lovett, it moves beyond a simple fact sheet to provide clear, concise and accurate information about the opportunities ‘biodiverse carbon’ offers for landholders. The Guideline is part of the suite of products for the Rivers of Carbon: Southern Riparian Linkages project being managed by the ARRC on behalf of the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Future Biodiversity Fund.
Spotted galaxias, Galaxias truttaceus copyright Neil Armstrong
Ecology of Australian Freshwater Fishes is a new book edited by Paul Humphries and Keith Walker due to be published by CSIRO Publishing. This edited volume reviews the past and present understanding of the ecology of Australian freshwater fishes.
It compares patterns and processes in Australia with those on other continents, discusses the local relevance of ecological models from the northern hemisphere, and considers how best to manage our species and their habitats in the face of current and future threats. The chapters are written by some of our foremost researchers and managers, developing themes that underpin our knowledge of the ecology, conservation and management of fish and fish habitats.
One of the reasons I trained to be an Executive Coach last year is because I feel very strongly that people need to be encouraged, supported and inspired in their work. I am currently working with an amazing group of people who are facing the closure of their organisation. My role is to help with the all important resume writing, interview techniques and confidence building that can give us that extra optimism and energy we need to take up new challenges.
I want to share with you a great TED talk that I am recommending to all those I am working with. It is by Shawn Achor and he talks about the Happy Secret to Better Work in an engaging, funny way that will bring a smile to your face and a lightness in your step. Watch it below and let me know how you go.
Proudly launching the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility research portfolio, 30th May, Canberra Find out more...
---------------- Happiness and its Causes, 19-20 June, Melbourne Find out more...
---------------- European Centre for River Restoration Conference, 11-13 September Find out more...
---------------- Riversymposium 2013, 23-26 September, Brisbane Find out more...