June 2011 - Australian River Restoration Centre

  • Hawkesbury Nepean River Recovery Program (HNRRP) e-news June 2011

    The last edition of HNRRP e-news discussed how the Hawkesbury-Nepean River Recovery Program is meeting one of its key objectives – the prevention of an estimated 48.2 tonnes of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) entering the Hawkesbury-Nepean river system each year. In the June 2011 edition of HNRRP e-news we look at our other key objective […]

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  • The ‘Cynefin’ Seminar – coming to a city near you!

    In November 2011 Dave Snowden will be leading an executive seminar tour called ‘The Cynefin Seminar’ in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Singapore. As those of you who have attended one of our workshops know, we use the ‘Cynefin framework’ when talking about the need to move from simple and complicated information, into a […]

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  • Community engagement brainstorming and workshops

    The last two weeks have been spent focusing on helping the Border Rivers-Gwydir CMA, and the Office of Hawkesbury Nepean, with ideas and approaches for engaging with their communities.  I spent a great day at Sydney Airport (very quiet due to the ash cloud) with Amanda Bigelow and Wendy Miller from the Border Rivers-Gwydir CMA, […]

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  • Save the Pumicestone Passage – Call to Action

    In February this year Nerida and I had the pleasure of working with the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.  We ran a workshop at a venue overlooking the amazing Pumicestone Passage.  Even though it was raining, the beauty of this special part of the Sunshine Coast was clear for all to see. The link below is […]

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  • This Land Our Water – launch of new book featuring Professor Peter Cullen’s work

    Peter Cullen was an influential communicator on many debates on the sustainable use of water in Australia.  The twenty three papers that make up this book were originally written for journals, books and conferences.  The collection, entitled This Land Our Water, resonates with the clarity of Peter’s purpose – to communicate scientific knowledge and influence […]

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  • Australian Stream Management Conference Proceedings 2004 – free copies available

    The Australian Stream Management  Conferences have become something of an iconic event for all of us involved in rivers and waterway management.  Michael Askey-Doran and his team in Tasmania were convenors of the event in 2004.  Michael contacted me last week to let me know that he still has copies of the proceedings from the […]

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  • Evolving issues and practices in groundwater dependent ecosystem management – new report from National Water Commission

    This National Water Commission funded  research captures the current status of the scientific knowledge (data and analysis) for supporting effective policy decisions related to the protection and management of groundwater dependent ecosystems.   Water plans across Australia are in their infancy in terms of explicitly allowing for the water needs of groundwater dependent ecosystems.  This report […]

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  • Why good things happen to good people

    At the ARRC we follow the work of The Happiness Institute and Dr Tim Sharp. A few weeks ago the Happiness Institute Monday morning e-newsletter had this interesting article about research that shows the significant health and wellbeing benefits associated with doing good to others. This research has now been brought together in a book […]

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  • A river runs through us – compelling documentary

    Thank you to Mick Smith from the Sunshine Coast Council for sending me through the link to this great documentary which is a must for anyone interested in rivers.  The film is described as a: personal and hopeful introduction to one of the biggest threats facing our world’s lifelines, as told by the people at […]

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  • From Bystanding to Understanding and Action: A practical theory for whole systems and organisational change

    ‘And they just stood there’.  Nobody moved, I couldn’t believe it!’  Sound familiar? Haven’t we all said these words at one time or another? The bystander phenomena is more than just a cause of frustration, it represents one of the major challenges to those of us seeking  more participative and successful organisations, as well as […]

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