• Who We Are

    Learn about our why, values, and the team that makes magic happen.

We believe rivers and people need each other to thrive.

We combine science with experience to transform rivers by giving people the confidence to act.

We inspire, support and facilitate people to make a difference.

Our Values:


We believe that when people are given the opportunity they want to make a difference by caring for the world around them.


We believe empathy and kindness are the foundations for shared problem solving, creativity and joy.


We believe that when people are connected to each other and to nature they are happier, more resilient and full of hope.

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise their continuing connection with, and knowledge about, land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to Elders past, present and emerging.

What We Do:

Using sound science, strong relationships and successful implementation to restore and protect Australian rivers and wetlands.


The ARRC values people by investing in relationships and networks. In addition to developing strong ties with our landholders, we organise and facilitate field days, workshops and retreats to enable stakeholder engagement at both the farm, community and NRM professional level.


Sharing knowledge on the web so that it can be the foundation for new science and inspiration for community involvement.


Investing in the social capital of people, relationships and networks to create dynamic, empowered and motivated communities caring for our rivers and wetlands.


To make a donation to the ARRC and help us do what we do, please click here.

We are an independent, not for profit organisation, you can read about our operational arrangements here.

Meet the team:

Siwan Lovett Managing Director

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Inspiring, skilled and effective.  Siwan is a familiar face in the Australian river restoration community, with her work in communications, public speaking, leadership and on-ground riparian rehabilitation well-known and respected.  She enjoys facilitating and empowering others to value themselves and their knowledge so that rivers and waterways can be managed confidently, in partnership with nature.

Lori Gould Rivers of Carbon Program Manager

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Lori specialises in riparian rehabilitation projects that focus on engaging the community in improving biodiversity, linking vegetation, addressing salinity, etc. She is the on-ground Program Manager for Rivers of Carbon, a program she and Siwan co-founded six years ago Lori is practical, approachable and a great person to talk to about all things riparian. She is a skilled community practitioner and is always willing to share her experiences with others.

Pat Gudhka Digital Marketing Manager

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Enthusiastic, progressive and motivated. Pat is the digital wizard behind the ARRC, ensuring the science and the stories we share reaches the right audience through technology. He enjoys getting to develop the digital ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’ for every project, offering value to anyone working in natural resource management who wants to share knowledge and empower others.

Antia Brademann Upper Bidgee Program Coordinator

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Antia wears many hats as a Waterwatch Coordinator and Facilitator of the Upper Murrumbidgee Demonstration Reach. A passionate paddler and lover of the river, Antia spends her time working with locals to protect and restore the Murrumbidgee from Casuarina Sands to the Headwaters. She is a great community connector, bringing landholders together to remove weeds, stabilise banks and create native fish habitat. Her interest is working with the community to build knowledge and share information and use it as part of locally tailored programs.

Kate McKenna Digital Content Creator

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Kate does the content writing and research for ARRC. As an environmental science student, she is very excited to be reading, writing and learning more about what is happening in the field, and sharing that with ARRC’s audience! So far, working with ARRC has taught her a lot about the importance of people and connections for protecting our environment, and she is looking forward to further combining her environmental science background with this.

Masha Artamonova Social Media & Marketing

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Masha is passionate about how social media can support relationships, communities and growth. She was super excited to bring what she knows about digital marketing into a field that she feels strongly about. Although not (yet) an expert when it comes to the technical aspects of rivers or the environment, she loves that she gets to educate and make an impact on herself, and hopefully others, with the work that she does.

Matt Morrison, Digital Producer

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Innovative, energetic and disciplined. Matt joins the team as an experienced digital leader to help deliver engaging digital experiences for ARRC’s online communities. He enjoys assisting ARRC deliver clear environmental science communications to catalyse community conversations and in turn, action.

Mikayla Hyland-Wood, Project Officer

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Mikayla assists in content creation, field visits and carbon sequestration projects. Working with ARRC has helped connect her earth science and geography studies with real world experience and applications. She is most excited to learn about how engaging landholders can create better outcomes for land, wildlife and people. She is looking forward to collaborating further with enthusiastic people working towards a sustainable future.

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