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Murray River wins 2015 Australian Riverprize

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The Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority accepted the 2015 IRF Australian Riverprize for its strong, collaborative approach that demonstrated an innovative and integrated approach to river basin management for the Murray. Moving past historical barriers to Aboriginal involvement in integrated river basin management, the Authority has emphasised a participatory approach with the land’s traditional custodians, working towards developing Aboriginal-led wetland management plans for land owned by the Ngarrindjeri people.

 

The two other finalises were the Macquarie River (NSW) and Lake Mealup (WA).

 

Dr Deborah Nias, Chair of the Australian Riverprize judging panel and CEO of the Murray-Darling Wetlands Working Group, said the Authority provides us with inspiration and hope for the future of the Murray River.


"The Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority are sharing with us an ancient knowledge of speaking and caring for our rivers and wetlands,” Dr Nias said. “This is a clear recognition of the importance of listening and learning from Aboriginal people."

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2015 Finalists

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About the Australian Riverprize

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The Australian Riverprize was awarded for the first time in 2001, and winners have come from five different states. The Australian Riverprize has recognised, rewarded and promoted many diverse and successful approaches and put Australian river management on the world map.

 

Applications for the 2016 Australian Riverprize are now open.

 

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2015
Murray River, SA
Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority
 
Lake Mealup, WA
Lake Mealup Recovery Program
 
Macquarie River, NSW
Macquarie RiverSmart initiative
2014
Lake Eyre Basin, QLD, NT, NSW, SA
Lake Eyre Basin Partnership
 
Margaret River, WA
Cape to Cape Catchments Group
 
Boorowa River, NSW
Greening Australia Capital Region
 
Bannister Creek, WA
SERCUL
2013
Glenelg River, Hamilton, VIC
Glenelg Hopkins CMA
 
Lake Condah / Darlots Creek,
Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation
 
Tweed River, Murwillumbah
Tweed Shire Council
2012
Condamine River,
Condamine Alliance
 
Georges River, NSW
Georges River Combined Council Committee
 
Swan & Canning River, WA
Swan River Trust
2011
Sunshine Coast Rivers Initiative, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Sunshine Coast District Council & Partners
 
Great Barrier Reef Catchments, Queensland
Project Catalyst - Coca-Cola Foundation, WWF (USA & Australia), Reef Catchments NRM
2010
Derwent Estuary, Tasmania
Derwent Estuary Program
 
Cooks River, New South Wales
Cooks River Foreshores Working Group
 
Lake Illawarra, New South Wales
Lake Illawarra Authority
 
Hattah Lakes, Victoria
Mallee Catchment Management Authority
2009
Oxley Creek, Queensland
Oxley Creek Catchment Association
 
Great Ocean Road Estuaries, Victoria
Corangamite Catchment Management Authority
 
Potterwalkagee Creek, Victoria
Mallee Catchment Management Authority
 
Wilson Inlet, Western Australia
Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee
2008
Lake Macquarie, New South Wales
The Lake Macquarie Project Management Committee
 
Derwent Estuary, Tasmania
Derwent Estuary Program
 
Swan Canning River System, Western Australia
Healthy River Program / Swan River Trust
 
Tweed River, New South Wales
Tweed Shire Council
2007
Murray Wetlands, New South Wales
Murray Wetlands Working Group
 
River Recovery Program, National
Greening Australia
 
Maroochy River Recovery Initiative, Queensland
Maroochy Shire Council
 
Lake Macquarie Improvement Project, New South Wales
The Lake Macquarie Project Management Committee
2006
Torbay Catchment, Western Australia
Torbay Catchment Group Inc
 
Margaret River, Western Australia
Cape to Cape Catchments Group
 
Lake Macquarie, New South Wales
The Office of the Lake Macquarie & Catchment Coordinator
 
Dee River, Queensland
Wowan Dululu Landcare Group
2005
Bulimba Creek Catchment, Queensland
Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee
 
Fitzroy River, Western Australia
Environs Kimberley
 
Paroo River, Queensland
Paroo River Association
 
Tweed River Catchment, New South Wales
Tweed Shire Council
2004
Wallis Lake, New South Wales
Great Lakes Council
 
Yarrowee River, Victoria
City of Ballarat
 
Mossman River, Queensland
Douglas Shire River Improvement Trust
2003
Hunter River, New South Wales
Hunter Catchment Management Trust
 
Tully-Murray Rivers, Queensland
Cardwell Shire River Improvement Trust
 
Wallis Lake, New South Wales
Great Lakes Council
 
Tweed River Catchment, New South Wales
Tweed Shire Council
2002
Merri Creek, Victoria
Merri Creek Management Committee, Inc.
 
Derwent River, Tasmania
Derwent Estuary Program
 
Hunter River, New South Wales
Hunter Catchment Management Trust
 
Murray Wetlands, New South Wales
Murray Wetlands Working Group
2001
Goulburn Broken Catchment, Victoria
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority
 
Blackwood River, Western Australia
Blackwood Basin Group
 
Merri Creek, Victoria
Merri Creek Management Committee Inc.
 
Tweed River Catchment, New South Wales
Tweed Shire Council
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Australian Riverprize Winners

Australian Riverprize Winners

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Australian Riverprize Finalists

Australian Riverprize Finalists

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Judging Panel

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The International RiverFoundation sincerely thanks our past and present judges for contributing their time and expertise!

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CURRENT AUSTRALIAN RIVERPRIZE JUDGES

Dr Deborah Nias - Chair

CEO, Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group (South Australia)

Dr Deborah Nias - Chair

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Deborah has 20 years experience in management of wetlands and environmental water and is the CEO of Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group Ltd. Her experience includes management of over 30,000 ML annually of environmental water within the Murray Catchment over 8 years, managing over $5 million worth of projects and initiating community led projects across the Murray-Darling Basin.

 

She holds a PhD in Floodplain Ecology and has extensive experience in wetland ecology, project management, community engagement, Board governance, government liaison, water management and management of multi-discipline teams. She is a Churchill Fellow and Peter Cullen Trust Fellow and believes good science with meaningful community engagement should underpin all natural resource management.

Prof Michael Douglas

Director, NERP Northern Australia Hub; Director, Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge Research Hub - Charles Darwin University (Northern Territory)

Prof Michael Douglas

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Dr Siwan Lovett

Director, Australian River Restoration Centre (Australian Capital Territory)

Dr Siwan Lovett

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Siwan is a Director of the Australian River Restoration Centre and enjoys working with people and the environment in which they live. For the past eleven years has focused her energies on understanding rivers and the people that live and work along them. She is a social scientist by training, but works with biophysical scientists to help make their science accessible and user-friendly for a range of different audiences. Siwan loves to travel, hear and tell stories, and has been able to do this through her work with Land & Water Australia and other government and non-government organisations. She is an independent consultant based in Canberra.

Mr Bradley Moggridge

Program Manager Aboriginal Water Initiative (NSW Office of Water)

Mr Bradley Moggridge

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Mr Bradley Moggridge is a proud Murri from the Kamilaroi Nation (North-West NSW) and is currently employed by NSW Office of Water as the Program Manager Aboriginal Water Initiative. Previously, he was with CSIRO for three and a half years as the Indigenous Water Research Specialist. Brad has qualifications in Environmental Science (BSc) and hydrogeology (MSc).

 

Brad grew up in and around Sydney but moved to the ACT two years ago and currently lives at Bonner (North Canberra). He has an ambition of leading research dealing with promoting Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge (culturally appropriately) and finding commonalities between Traditional Science and Western Science, as he can appreciate both.

 

Prior to NSW Office of Water, Brad worked with a private consultancy as a senior environmental scientist, and also has significant experience in environmental protection and regulation and cultural heritage operational policy with NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and the former NSW EPA.  Brad has also spent four years working in local government as an environment officer.

 

Brad was appointed as a Councillor to the First Peoples' Water Engagement Council administered by the National Water Commission in 2010, which provides advice to the NWC on national Indigenous water issues. He is also a member of the Joint Steering Committee reviewing the National Water Quality Management Strategy Documents 4 and 7 (ANZECC Guidelines) as the Australian Indigenous representative.

 

Brad’s claim to fame is that he can be "Googled" (because of his Master thesis), has presented at the Australian Academy of Science and has played golf for Australia. 

Malcolm Robb

Manager Water Science, Department of Water (Government of Western Australia)

Malcolm Robb

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Mr Andrew Gawith - Observer

Morgan Foundation (New Zealand)

Mr Andrew Gawith - Observer

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Andrew has around 30 years experience working as an economist for the National Farmers Union of England and Wales, Business and Economic Research Limited (BERL), and 23 years with Infometrics Limited. He was the joint co-founded the latter company with Gareth Morgan. Andrew helped build the business into a leading economic forecasting and consulting firm, widely recognised for its independence and communication skills.A founding shareholder/director of Gareth Morgan Investments, Andrew became a full time executive in 2006 responsible for establishing the Gareth Morgan KiwiSaver Scheme. Andrew is currently leading the Morgan Foundation's rivers project with the aim of improving the health of New Zealand's rivers, and assisting with the implementation of the first New Zealand Riverprize in 2015.

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