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Tuesday, September 29 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

This World Rivers Day the RBMS invites you to join us for a one-day virtual River Fest to celebrate the ‘Waterways in Our Communities’. Joined by keynote speakers Prof Ian Rutherfurd and Dr. Siwan Lovett are a host of speakers covering a variety of fascinating topics over the course of the day – including dryland river management, riverine ecology, connectivity and cultural water, extreme events, and communities and their special waterways. With a few international guest presentations as well, it is sure to be a celebration worth attending!

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09:00 Welcome

·        Myles Coker – RBMS President introduction
·        Acknowledgement/ Welcome to Country

09:15 – 10:05 Dryland River Management

Includes presentations from:

·         Fran Sheldon (Griffith University) Are we sacrificing the ‘boom’ and prolonging the ‘bust’? Water resource development and hydrological variability in Australia’s dryland rivers.
·         Zacc Larkin (Macquarie University) Australian dryland rivers: past, present and future?

10:05 – 10:50 From Land to Sea

Includes presentations from:

·         Stephen Lewis (TropWater – JCU) Tracking sediment from the catchment to reef
·         Kirstie Fryirs (Macquarie University) Do we still need a human? Geomorphic analysis and interpretation of rivers in a remotely sense world

10:50 11:20 Morning tea – stick around to catch up with your peers!

11:20 Keynote Speaker – Prof. Ian Rutherfurd

12:00 Lunch break – stick around to catch up with your peers!

12:30- 13:35 Connectivity and Cultural Water

Includes presentations from:

·         Steve Clayton (Jacobs – USA) An overview of dam removal in the USA: Drivers, trends and guidance documents
·         Bradley Moggridge (Canberra University) Identifying and overcoming barriers to collaborative sustainable water governance in remote Australian indigenous communities
·         Jessica McLean (Macquarie University) Shadow Waters: Making Australian water cultures visible

13:35 – 14:30 Basin Scale

Includes presentations from:

·         Paul Frazier (2ROG) Connecting the Murray-Darling Basin: Outcomes from environmental watering over 6 years
·         Dr Ming Li Yong (Center for Environmental Research in Conservation and Development Studies) Reclaiming community spaces in the Mekong River Transboundary Commons

14:30 Afternoon tea – stick around to catch up with your peers!

15:00 – 15:50 Riverine Ecology

Includes presentations from:

·         Ross Smith (Hydrobiology) The Fundao Dam Rupture, Brazil: Ecosystem impacts and current condition
·         Dr John Wright (Parks Victoria) Impacts of feral horses on treelss drainage lines in National Parks and State Forests of the Australian Alps

15:50 – 16:35 Extreme Events

Includes presentations from:

·         Andrew Nelson (NHC (Canada)) Fluvial remobilisation and downstream impacts of sediment from the 2010 Capricorn Creek landslide on Mount Meager (or others)
·         Max Finlayson and Jason Alexandra (Independent consultant and Alexandra Consulting) Floods after bushfires: rapid responses for reducing impacts of sediment, ash, and nutrient slugs

17:05 – 17:30 Communities and their Waterways16:35 Keynote Speaker – Dr. Siwan Lovett

Includes presentations from:

·         Nell Graham (Parramatta River Catchment Management Group) Our Living River – let’s make our river swimmable by 2025

17:30 Evening Social Wine – we all miss seeing our RBMS network in person but here’s the next best thing – stick around for a virtual wine time! 


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Date: September 29

Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Organiser: River Basin Management Society


What an incredible occasion to bring together people from different places and perspectives with a shared caring for country and our catchments in Australia.

At the RBMS Awards Gala our community comes together in recognition of the outstanding contributions that have been made to waterways and catchment management in Australia.

Learn more about the RBMS Awards here

Australian Stream Management Conference

The Australian Stream Management (ASM) Conference is an opportunity to share knowledge and learning in stream and integrated catchment management. It provides a collaborative forum for discussion and debate on new and emerging issues, practical challenges encountered, experimental research findings, emerging trends and recent innovations.

Learn more about the ASM Conference here

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