• Who We Are

    Learn about our why, our values, and our people.

Why
We believe rivers and people need each other to thrive.

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

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

Our Values:

Optimism

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

Empathy

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

Connection

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.

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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.

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

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

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To support our Heart Work, which is mostly unpaid and in-kind, please consider donating or visiting our shop.

We are an independent, not for profit organisation. Read about our operational arrangements here.

Meet the team:

Siwan Lovett, Managing Director

Favourite waterway 🌊: Upper Murrumbidgee River, NSW

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

Favourite waterway 🌊: Pudman Creek near Rye Park, NSW

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

Favourite waterway 🌊: Cooks River, NSW

Pat is the digital marketing strategist, ensuring the science and the stories we share have clear audience and are distributed on the right channels. 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.

Andy Lowes, Program Manager

Favourite waterway 🌊: Murrumbidgee River, NSW

Andy is passionate about improving river health through improved flow regimes. With over a decade of experience working with water for the environment in the Murray-Darling Basin, his focus is on the collaboration and communication required between First Nations, communities, scientists, industries and government agencies, to improve our rivers. Andy is also committed to strengthening the water industry network through programs which support mentoring and collaboration across agencies.

Matt Morrison, Business Manager

Favourite waterway 🌊: Cumberland River, VIC

Innovative, energetic and disciplined, Matt joins the team as an experienced business leader to help ARRC effectively deliver its mission. He is passionate about delivering exceptional results and loves experiencing that within an amazing team building pathways to better waterways management.

Kate McKenna, Digital Content Creator

Favourite waterway 🌊: Rocky Valley Creek, VIC

Kate is the content manager and writer for Finterest and ARRC articles and the ‘Take me to the River’ podcast. Alongside that, she manages the Rivers of Carbon Yass project, helping to restore the Yass River. Having a background in sustainable development and environmental science, Kate has learned the importance of effectively communicating science and is passionate about this critical step in successful river restoration. She is excited to work with a team of such passionate people and working with ARRC has opened her eyes to the importance of people and connections to protect our environment.

Masha Artamonova, Social Media & Marketing

Favourite waterway 🌊: Never Never Creek, NSW

Masha is passionate about creating digital experiences that support relationships, communities and growth. She is 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, she loves that she gets to educate and make an impact on herself, others, and the environment through her work.

Lucy Stuart, Project Officer & Content Writer

Favourite waterway 🌊: Murrumbidgee River, NSW

Lucy is a third-year environment and sustainability student who supports the ARRC team in content writing and research. She is passionate about human interaction within the environment, engaging with stakeholders and supporting Indigenous cultural values. She is very eager to gain knowledge and experience through her work and hopes to make that knowledge accessible for all.

Isobel Bender, Project Officer

Favourite waterway 🌊: Snowy River, NSW and Cotter River, ACT

Izzy is passionate about building connections between people and the environment as a way to look after and nurture this environment. She is continually inspired by people who are working to achieve this and feels privileged to be working with team of ARRC and Rivers of Carbon. She has experience in analysing the application of environmental policy but is excited to move towards on-groundwork and β€˜get her hands dirty.’

Chris Walsh, Podcast & Content Producer

Favourite waterway 🌊: Queanbeyan River, NSW

Chris is passionate about bold, beautiful digital storytelling with heart. From photography and cinematography to content publishing and web design, Chris works on translating the ARRC’s heart work into stories, films, and websites that can be shared with the world. He cherishes opportunities to tell impactful stories about important topics, enjoys discussions about philosophy, meditation, and mental health, and loves nothing more than to curl up by his piano with a coffee and his pet rabbit Simon at the end of a good day’s work.

Jed Pearson, Project Officer

Favourite waterway 🌊: Macleay River, NSW

Jed is an avid conservationist with a background in agriculture and project management. Coming from a rural community, he brings his love for rural Australia, our unique natural landscapes and passion for river ecology to conservation and land management projects around the ACT.

Alex James, Project Officer

Favourite waterway 🌊: Snowy River near Charlotte Pass, NSW

Alex has spent six years delivering educational programs for small farmers including projects on soil, climate change, biosecurity, biodiversity and farm management. With a background in agriculture and passionate about biodiversity, climate and sustainability, she’s excited to be working on projects at ARRC that deliver multiple benefits to farmers and the community through riverine restoration.

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