THANK YOU if you are reading this post, as it means you are someone who cares about our rivers and the people who live and work along them. The Australian River Restoration Centre has had an amazing year and plenty of offers of work for 2011 are ‘flowing’ in which is great. We are hoping to spend more time in 2011 looking at ways to raise money for our public good activities so our website can become even better and we can do more to provide people with opportunities for sharing and celebrating the work they do.
We want to say a very special thank you to Allison Mortlock for all the wonderful graphic design she does for us free of charge (Angel Ink Pty Ltd) as well as our volunteers – Bruce Boyes for being our website master, Melanie Randall for assisting us with our Land & Water Australia Legacy Conference and Melissa Gabelle for keeping our website updated. We also want to acknowledge the support from our clients including; the National Water Commission (Matthew, Richard, Jennifer and Clare), Central West CMA (Jane and Tim), Desert Channels Queensland (Roelie and Leanne), Murray-Darling Basin Authority (Matthew, Christine and Jason) and CSIRO Water for a Healthy Country (Ian, Mary, Bill, Scott and Warwick). Friendships are so important and we value the ones we have with all our supporters – all the very best to you and your family and we look forward to continuing our work (and fun) with you in 2011.
Siwan, Nerida, Matt and Phil
International RiverFoundation is pleased to announce the 2011 Riverprize applications are now open! All organisations, big and small, engaged in all aspects of river management are eligible to apply for either the Thiess International Riverprize or Australian National Riverprize (funded by the Australian Government). Entering Riverprize provides you with an opportunity to reflect on your achievements, reconnect with stakeholders and go into the running to be identified as a Riverprize finalist or winner. Finalists and winners benefit further from international recognition, showcasing their projects at a leading international symposium, and joining the network of Riverprize alumni.
Nominations close 30 March 2011.
Winners will be announced at the 2011 Riverprize Gala Dinner, held during the 14th International Riversymposium, 26 -29 September in Brisbane, Australia. Further information may be found at www.riverfoundation.org.au, or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. As a National Riverprize judge I encourage you to have a go! Siwan
Selected from 55 high profile finalists across all categories Kids Teaching Kids has taken out the coveted People’s Choice Banksia Award. This award is fantastic recognition for students, teachers, volunteers and sponsors of Kids Teaching Kids. In particular Kids Teaching Kids would like to thank Australia Post for their fantastic and ongoing support. To find out more and to read about the winners in the other categories visit the Banksia Awards website.
Many congratulations to Arron and his team for winning this award, Kids teaching Kids is a program the ARRC supports as it provides leadership and learning opportunities for our future river managers. Well done! Siwan
The proceedingof the 13th Riversymposium are now available. If you were unable to attend, or missed a session whilst at the conference, we recommend you bookmark this conference. Most of the sessions were recorded and you can hear ‘yours truly’ talking about the importance of belief, belonging and behaviour, as well as the International Riverprize (Thames River) and National Riverprize (Derwent Estuary) Winner presentations. Siwan
Comprising seven projects, the Hawkesbury Nepean River Recovery Program (HNRRP) aims to improve river health by making more water available for environmental flows and reducing nutrient inputs to the river system. The seven projects have come a long way since commencing last year. You can read about their progress in the HNRRP e-news December 2010.