Publications Archives - Australian River Restoration Centre

  • 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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  • 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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  • Making fish ‘happen’ by integrating habitat, flow and connectivity

    If there was one switch we could flick that would ‘make native fish happen’  that would be great (!), but our research is telling us that we actually need to think about a range of different interacting factors –  structural habitat (wood, riverbed, rocks, pools), connectivity, flow and hydrodynamics, and not all fish need the […]

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  • Where does Australia’s wildlife hide?

    We often think that rural areas are the home to Australian animals, not cities, but, did you know that Australian cities and towns are home to 30% of Australia’s threatened species? That is, 30% of Australia’s threatened species are found in just 0.23% of Australia’s total land area!  A recent paper entitled Cities are hotspots for threatened […]

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  • Government Releases Its White Paper On Developing Northern Australia

    As I edit the Northern Australia’s Rivers and Estuaries RipRap it is timely to consider this new White Paper and the motivations behind it. Excerpts from PM’s press release: “With a land mass covering over three million square kilometres, and a population of over one million people, the north has untapped potential. It is home to some […]

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  • Rivers of Carbon: Healthy Riparian Zones Limit Landholder Losses

    The Condamine Alliance has released research showing the value of intact riparian zones.  The estimated 2013 Ex-cyclone Oswald flood damage and loss to landholders in the area totalled $5.4 million across nearly 8000 ha of land and 107 km of creek frontage. The average cost of damage to floodplain landholders was $822 per ha, and […]

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  • Finterest Blog: The Best Place for Fishy information

    We’ve recently published some great posts on the Finterest blog. Among these, the Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre has released two new reports on the watering of freshwater fish. Juvenile fish response to wetland inundation: how antecedent conditions can inform environmental flow policies for native fish Optimising environmental watering of floodplain wetlands for fish Our True Tales of […]

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  • Murray-Darling Basin Environmental Watering Strategy released for comment

    Basin-wide environmental watering strategy

    Congratulations to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority team and many others throughout the Basin community, for getting the Environmental Watering Strategy released for comment.  Having been personally involved in this process it is a real achievement to reach the point where the Strategy is available for comment.  Please take the time to have a look at the document and provide […]

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  • RipRap Edition 37 – Rivers of Carbon, Rivers of Life

    This stunning edition is still available and I would love to be posting one out to you as sales help me keep the ARRC sharing knowledge.  Here are what people are saying about this edition: “A great read with lots of positive stories of environmental improvement” – Dr David Freudenberger “A great edition, such an easy […]

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  • Biodiversity and Environmental Change: monitoring, challenges and direction

    This new book demonstrates the value of long-term ecological research in Australia for monitoring environmental change and biodiversity. It describes changes in a range of Australian ecosystems that have been subject to detailed long-term research. Preview and purchase a copy of the book here The overarching purpose of these studies has been to document changes, identify the […]

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