How is it Summer already? ☀️

Hello friends,

I hope you have been enjoying Spring 🌺, but seriously, ‘How is it almost Summer?’. We have had a very full month going out on site visits and trying to find our tubestock amongst all of the tall grass! I think the rain has made us all more optimistic and keen to do more for our ‘Riparian Real Estate’. In this newsletter we provide links to our recent webinar focusing on this topic, as well as sharing an article by friend John Koehn and colleagues, who are calling for thirty actions to save our native fish. In others stories we look at how we can assess riverbanks from the sky, as well as asking you to share your thoughts about vegetation and environmental flows.

As we reflect on this time last year, we provide a timely podcast with Petrea King on how trauma is triggered – we encourage you to have a listen, as all of us were deeply affected by the fires, and we need to be aware of our vulnerabilities and how to care for ourselves and each other.

We hope you enjoy the newsletter and thank you for your ongoing support of all that we do.

– Siwan 😊


Farewell Ben and Hello Ian 👋

Our Rivers of Carbon – Source Water Linkages project coordinator Ben Hanrahan is moving on to work in the reef catchments, based up in Townsville at Greening Australia. Ben has been a fabulous member of our team, and we wish him all the very best in this new role. THANK YOU BEN for all your enthusiasm, professionalism and humour 🙂

Stepping into the role that Ben vacates is Ian Rayner, and we welcome him warmly to our team. Last week we went out with Ben and Ian on a RoC Source Water visit, along with our Water NSW collegues Alan and Stuart. We had a great day seeing the results of our restoration efforts and we are really looking forward to another great year of this important project.

Alex Djkic Veolia Farm Manager, Ben Hanrahan and Ian Rayner out on our River of Carbon site at Tarago.


Our online get togethers have proven to be really popular which is terrific.  If you did not get to our Riparian Real Estate webinar, it is now available to view at a time that suits you.  We have also completed our Roads and Tracks Webinar, and it will be available on a new webpage in the next couple of weeks.  Coming up is our Roads and Tracks Field Day on the 4th of December (yes, face-to-face!) which will be filmed and shared at a later date, and don’t forget our Stock and Waterways Webinar on the 11th of December.  Lots for you to get involved in – we would love to see you, so get along and register.


Australian scientists share 30 actions we can take to save the Murray-Darling Basin’s native fish

Twelve of Australia’s top fisheries scientists have come together with a summary of 30 URGENT actions needed to restore Murray-Darling Basin native fishes. All of us who care for native fish can use this summary to support our own efforts – whether it be applying for grants, lobbying policy makers or restoring the habitats in which native fish can thrive.

Have a read of the article below, use it where you can to effect change, and share it widely…

Read Article


Our Flow-MER story looks at an Australian first: Using drones to assess dirt and plants from above. Geoff and Neil discuss how they can cut out the arduous field days of challenging terrain and pushing through thick scrub to take measurements, and are  now able to get sub-centimetre accuracy combing drones with GIS and Digital Elevation Models. Have a read of this article to learn about the implications this has for Commonwealth environmental water management.

The second link is a survey from Flow-MER Vegetation Theme team member Cherie Campbell.  Cherie’s PhD project is focusing on how to characterise good condition for non-woody wetland and floodplain vegetation across the Murray-Darling Basin so that she can develop condition benchmarks to provide the basis for evaluating outcomes. Part of this process is to reflect on what we have learnt to date, and she needs your help and insights.  Please take the time to complete the survey.

Assessing dirt and plants from the sky: Drone monitoring in the Murray Darling Basin


Have your say about evaluating vegetation outcomes to environmental flows



Podcast Episode:
Can a flash of orange trigger a bushfire memory?
Understanding trauma and neuroscience with Petrea King

Our good friend, and founder of Two Green Threads, Suzy Nethercott-Watson, was recently joined by the inspirational Petrea King – bestselling author, keynote speaker, facilitator and the founder of Quest for Life Foundation.

As we acknowledge that we are within the anniversary months of the Spring and Summer 2019/2020 bushfires that occurred across most Australian states, this is a timely conversation that dives into the neuroscience behind trauma and its triggers.  Petrea talks about how being aware of our biological reactions can help us gain a stronger understanding of ourselves, and those we care about, all of which helps us to negotiate difficult times and fuel our recovery.



Those who know me have probably heard me say that I don’t watch the news – this Leunig cartoon encapsulates why I choose to get my dose of world and national events online, or via my husband.  I do feel that if we ‘take in the good’ as Leunig shows, we can build the resilience we need to cope with life’s challenges and can then greet opportunities with a positive ‘hello’!


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