About Refreshing Rivers

A collaborative 10-year program to improve catchment management and waterway health across the Murray-Riverina

What is a ‘refreshed’ river?

Landholders we are working with share their responses:

"A river that is able to support a vibrant community of plants and animals, internal and external to the river."

"A river that is flowing freely, with a large and healthy biodiversity and nice diverse vegetation."

"A river that is allowed to move throughout the landscape because it’s not hemmed in, it’s protected, either by fencing or because of its location from the impacts of stock and feral animals."

"A river that is able to provide the cultural connection that people need and also socially enables people to feel good when they walk amongst it and can connect with it."

"A river that sustains the environment, the plants and animals that live in and around it."

The Refreshing Rivers Program

Our Vision: Improving waterway health through meaningful partnerships and collaboration

Our waterways have enormous ecological, cultural and economic significance and are the lifeblood of our land and communities. They are vital to agriculture and to the survival of threatened plants and animals.

Agriculture is our largest land use, and land management practices can have a significant impact on waterway health. There have been many successes over the past thirty years as landholders work to improve waterway health, but some challenges require an ongoing, collaborative effort, and that’s where Refreshing Rivers comes in.

The Refreshing Rivers Program works with and supports landholders. Together we can improve our waterways, bring back native fish and birds, and look after places for people and nature alongside productive landscapes.

Learn about Refreshing Rivers - a collaborative 10-year program to improve catchment management and waterway health across the Murray-Riverina region of NSW.

Target Areas we work in

The Refreshing Rivers Program focuses on the Murray-Riverina region of New South Wales (NSW), where we work with more than 1,600 landholders across three Target Areas: Central Billabong, Upper Billabong and the Riverina Highlands.

Visit the Target Area pages to find out more:

Why should landholders get involved?

Be a part of a coordinated effort to improve waterway health, truly driven by local community values. Your input shapes local Waterway Management Plans and actions.

Get personalised support from Project Officers to identify the best opportunities for your property and diversify your income.

Be rewarded for the actions you already take and will take in the future to protect and enhance waterways.

Raylene Brown
Upper Billabong landholder

“Long term projects like Refreshing Rivers are really important because they allow us to take our time and get it right.”

How we work with you

Clearwater Conversations day with community and landholders in Jerilderie, March 2023

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Who can I talk to?

Meet our Project Officers for each Target Area

If you are interested in getting guidance for waterways on your property, get in touch.

"What I enjoy most about my role is meeting people and being out in the field. I have a passion for agriculture, environment and community, which I carry with me into this role. I think the value of the Refreshing Rivers Program will be seen in action through listening and learning from our community."

Favourite plant or animal: Murray-Darling Rainbow Fish (Melanotaenia fluviatilis)

0419 841 834

andrea@refreshingrivers.org.au

Upper Billabong

"We have one of the last populations of Southern Pygmy Perch in the Murray catchment and it has been teetering for the last 10 years. Getting the whole community involved and keeping our creeks and waterways functioning and resilient as our natural and production systems adapt to climate changes, can give these struggling species the fighting chance they need."

Favourite plant or animal: Shield Shrimp (Triops australiensis)

0418 198 522

kylie@refreshingrivers.org.au

Riverina Highlands

"There are not too many jobs where you can physically see the difference you have made. I enjoy working with landholders to design their projects and I love going back and revisiting sites to see how these projects are making a difference to the way landholders manage their land."

Favourite plant or animal: Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

0427 407 126

cherie@refreshingrivers.org.au

Want to collaborate with us?

The Refreshing Rivers Program is a collaboration between government, industry, research, and community organisations, led by Local Land Services. This Program has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.

We are exploring innovative ways to improve waterway health, and we would love to collaborate with you. Please get in touch with our Program Coordinators by emailing info@refreshingrivers.com.au or completing the form.

Christine Allen

Refreshing Rivers Program Manager
Murray Local Land Services

“I am excited to be managing such an ambitious, community centred program, and to work alongside local people to make real positive steps to improve the health of our rivers. Water quality is so important for agriculture, recreation including fishing, aesthetics of the local area, tourism opportunities and community pride. Healthy waterways equal healthy land, healthy communities, and healthy people!”

Favourite plant or animal: Fairy Aprons (Utricularia dichotoma)

0428 217 271

info@refreshingrivers.org.au

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The Refreshing Rivers Program is a collaboration between government, industry, research, and community organisations, led by Local Land Services. This Program has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.

The Refreshing Rivers Program works on Country that always was and always will be Aboriginal land. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters, and we pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

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