Narrative and story Archives - Australian River Restoration Centre

  • Fishing Tales from the Upper Murray River Catchment

    “Dad used to catch the Catfish out of the lagoons, he said once to me ‘I wonder if there are any of them left in the lagoon?’… I’ve never caught one.” – Len Lebner The next installment of our journey through True Tales of the Trout Cod: River Histories of the Murray-Darling Basin takes us to […]

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  • Goulburn River Stories – Bluenose, Slimeys and Cod….

    When I was young the most common fish in the Goulburn here were the cod, the Murray Cod. They were up to 100 pound, back then you could get any size you wanted, there aren’t so many big ones around now. – Oral History from Ken Trefall Our next story from True Tales of the […]

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  • Murrumbidgee River Catchment History

    I’m 85, was born in Cooma. After the war, about 1955, ’56, I used to catch a couple of cod each night, out at Bolaro…We used to get them up to around 8 or 9 a pound, nearly every night we’d catch cod. We’d put in handlines and we’d catch two or three, sometimes more. […]

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  • The Three Qualities of People I Most Enjoy Working With

    Over the holiday break my friend Adam Bester sent this great article to me about the three qualities of people he enjoys working with, letting me know that I am one such person – what a gift!  When I read the article and looked at the ven diagram that goes with it I thought, fabulous, […]

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  • Lachlan River Catchment History

    My father had the stories; he always used to say that at Easter time he wouldn’t have to buy fish, he would just catch a fish, down the Lachlan here, always four to five cod and not much of anything else, that’s what dad used to tell us. There was also what they used to […]

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  • 8th Australian Stream Management Conference introduces the Rivers of Carbon team to the idea of being ‘carbonophiles’!!

    We have had three days of talking ecology, geomorphology, hydrology and, of course, sociology at the 8th Australian Stream Management Conference.  What we were not expecting was for our international keynote speaker, Professor Ellen Wohl, to talk about some members of her research team being named the ‘carbonophiles’!    These ‘carbonophiles’ are doing terrific work […]

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  • Starting with Why and telling stories at Tahlee

    Last week I had the great pleasure of facilitating a two-day team meeting with the Natural Systems group of the Great Lakes Council.  We had been planning our get together for some time, and we met at a beautiful place called ‘Tahlee’, about an hour north of Newcastle.   Tahlee is a Christian run enterprise […]

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  • Wolves shaping rivers? Yellowstone Park tells an amazing tail (tale)!

    When I watched this four minute video sent to me by my film-maker friend Richard Snashall, I was gobsmacked.  Wolves shaping rivers? surely not.  But yes, this is an amazing story of what happens when we reintroduce an animal back into their habitat, and they re-instate the ‘trophic cascade’ they were originally part of. When wolves […]

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  • Rivers of Carbon: Getting Fishy on the Murrumbidgee

    Rivers of Carbon are Rivers of Life, and we are working with the Upper Murrumbidgee Demonstration Reach on instream and riverside habitat. We have two new projects underway on the Murrumbidgee focusing on fish that we thought you might be interested in. The first is working to ensure fishways still provide passage in low flows, […]

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  • Go Travelling With Riverspace

    A number of stories have recently been added to Riverspace, and below are three new stories we recommend reading: Improving Connectivity of Flows in the Lower Ovens Floodplain Window on the Wetlands Centre, Warren Wonga Wetlands If you would like to have your work featured on Riverspace, please get in touch with Susanne Watkins on susanne.watkins@riverspace.com.au and […]

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