Support the ARRC’s heart work  

Support the ARRC’s heart work  

The ARRC team, from left to right: Jed, Tom, Lucy, Lori, Siwan, Alex, Kate, Masha, Pat, Matt, Chris and Andy.
Not pictured: Our superstar Isobel who was unwell when this photo was taken.


The ARRC team, from left to right: Jed, Tom, Lucy, Lori, Siwan, Alex, Kate, Masha, Pat, Matt, Chris and Andy.
Not pictured: Our superstar Isobel who was unwell when this photo was taken.


Help save our Forgotten River.

The Upper Murrumbidgee River is in trouble — and it needs your help. You may have heard about our Forgotten River campaign, raising awareness about our Upper Murrumbidgee river. Currently, Tantangara Dam captures more than 90% of the water at the headwaters of the Murrumbidgee River each year, and as much as 99% in dry years. This has led to the condition of the river and its ecosystem degrading over years, leading up to 2019 when the river ran dry (see below) leading to serious ecological consequences.

A split-screen image of the Upper Murrumbidgee river — on the left, it is healthy and full of water. On the right, it is empty and barren.
Both photos are of the Upper Murrumbidgee River, upstream of Tharwa Bridge. The photo on the left shows the river with flowing waters, while the photo on the right shows the river unrecognisable and dried to algae-choked pools in December 2019.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help support our Forgotten River. Your money will go toward the following actions:

  • Furthering the research into the issues facing the Upper Murrumbidgee River and how we can fix them

  • Raising awareness among organisational stakeholders, government agencies, First Nations Peoples, various community groups and agency networks to discuss these issues and propose ways forward

  • Making submissions and engaging politicians to influence changes in policy surrounding water management

  • Ongoing awareness-raising and education through the Forgotten River website and other channels for the general public

You can also donate via Direct Transfer:

If using direct transfer please have as the reference your name & date of donation. We can send you a receipt if required, just email with the details of your donation.

Westpac Bank
ARRC Public Fund
BSB: 032-730
Account: 198844

We will keep you up to date with how your investment in the ARRC is used through our monthly newsletter.

With 15 years of delivering on-ground river restoration and leadership in the waterway management sector, we rely on your help to fund those parts of our work that do not attract investment – our heart work  – which is mostly unpaid and in-kind.

I'm new here, who is the ARRC?

For those who have recently joined us, we – the Australian River Restoration Centre or ARRC – are a multi-disciplinary group spanning social, ecological, environmental, marketing and restoration science. We combine our expertise and lived experience to ensure a people-first approach to protecting and restoring our rivers, creeks, wetlands and billabongs.

Our seven interconnected areas of focus include Advocacy, On-ground river and riparian restoration, Science communication, Partnerships, Stakeholder engagement, Indigenous knowledge and connection, and Leadership and mentoring.

Learn more here.

What we achieved with last years donations* 

*Donations collected over financial year 2021-22

Inspired people who care about rivers to value themselves and the work they do

At the ARRC, we believe rivers and people need each other to thrive. Underpinning the work that we do are our core values: optimism, empathy and connection.

We believe that when people are given the opportunity, they want to make a difference by caring for the world around them. Offering empathy and kindness provides the foundations necessary for shared problem solving, creativity and joy. And it is only when people are connected to each other and to nature they are happier, more resilient, full of hope and able to do their most impactful work – and have fun along the way!

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Promoted a campaign to stop the raising of the Warragamba Dam wall

Our  work:

We advocated for the dam wall not to be raised through an opinion article: Why we need you to give a dam?

We released two podcast episodes that captured the voices of experts and community:

What was achieved:

In early 2023, the proposal to raise the dam wall was shelved – YAY!!!

The proposal would have flooded the core of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, destroying thousands of Gundungurra cultural sites of significance, thousands of hectares of national park and habitats, and 60km of wilderness river. This great news that the proposal will not go ahead is a win for the environment, and shows the critical importance of community-driven advocacy for protecting our environment and Indigenous culture and heritage.

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Kickstarted a campaign called ‘The Forgotten River’ for the Upper Murrumbidgee

Our  work:

Launched a website to get the word out that this river needs our help, with support from the ACT Government:

Facilitated and participated in a lobby group to seek support for the campaign.

Hosted the Snowy Advisory Committee on a tour of the Upper Murrumbidgee to highlight key issues.

Hosted ACT Minister Shane Rattenbury on a tour of the Murrumbidgee and Naas rivers to demonstrate work done to date and the need for further investment.

Met with Senator David Pocock to discuss the campaign.

Wrote letters to Senators Gallagher and Bowen highlighting their responsibilities in caring for the Upper Bidgee as key ‘Snowy Hydro’ shareholders.

What was achieved:

We have been raising awareness amongst State, Territory and Federal politicians of the plight of the Upper Murrumbidgee and the need to act. Our next steps include a meeting scheduled with Senator Katy Gallagher at the end of June to discuss further.

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Multiple activities aligned with our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan

Our  work:

Collaborated with a variety of people from different nation groups who kindly shared with us stories of resilience, healing and reconciliation.

Authored an article ‘What is positionality and why is it important in water management’ that allows us to reflect and own our personal perspectives, position, and privileges, in relation to Indigenous Peoples, and how this can lead to true allyship and more effective pathway to reconciliation.

Authored an article ‘Slowly slowly: Cultural flows and realising Indigenous rights’ that looks at the dispossession of Indigenous rights to water and how there is need to fully recognise and prioritise Indigenous water rights and interests.

Learn more about Reconciliation Action Plan here.

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Collaborated with experts on the ARRC podcast sharing timely knowledge about our waterways

Our  work:

We collaborated with researchers, scientists and landholders on a variety of topics to learn and share important knowledge: 

Why science and people matter for Australian rivers. Guest Speaker: Fiona Dyer 
What happens to freshwater systems during floods? Guest Speaker: Angus Webb with support from the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder 
Why regenerative farming helps our waterways with Felicity Wheelwright 

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Engaged over 1200 Australians with the ARRC monthly newsletter

Every month, the ARRC newsletter shares a mix of updates between our funded projects and in-kind work. If this newsletter brightens your inbox each month, please donate what you feel it is worth.

If you don’t currently receive this newsletter, we encourage you to subscribe here

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Thank you!

– Siwan, Lori, Matt, Andy, Tom, Alex, Lucy, Kate, Masha, Isobel, Chris, Jed and Pat

“Just wanted to thank you for the link in your newsletter to this podcast [Pandemic Flux Syndrome with Amy Cuddy]. It was a really interesting and relevant session – certainly made me feel a lot better knowing [it’s] just not me thinking/feeling the way that I do at the moment. Really resonated with me.”

Sally Day
Greta Valley Landcare Group

“Thanks for another cracking read. I like your five Ps. I’ve been writing an article on management of gully erosion and your paper hit me between the eyes – yes I’d been hiding behind a conceptual model! Management starts with defining your purpose (the why), and your paper was a helpful reminder to make things enjoyably readable.”

Scott Wilkinson

Snowy Advisory Committee on top of Cockatoo Ridge after Andy's presentation on The Forgotten River
Welcome to Country with Richie Allan, at the recent Connection to Self, Country and Community event held for National Reconciliation Week

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land we work, learn, celebrate and live on. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise Elders past, present and emerging. We value their deep, rich knowledge, insights and ongoing connection to the rivers, creeks, wetlands and billabongs we love and care about. We also acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.

Image: Adapted from ‘River Dreaming’ Artwork by Richie Allen (Ngunnawal/Kamilaroi), Traditional Aboriginal Owners Corporation