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Murray-Darling Basin seminar series

The Murray-Darling Basin seminar series is organised by the following institutions in order to promote communication between these institutions and people interested in the environment, ecology and natural resource management in the Albury-Wodonga region:

  • The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre
  • La Trobe University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Murray Local Land Services
  • North East Catchment Management Authority.

The broad scope of the series title ‘Murray-Darling’ has been chosen to allow for speakers from diverse disciplines and to create interest for a broad audience who wish to engage with conversations about the Murray-Darling Basin.

Below are the seminar series events for 2014:

The challenge of ecological restoration: streams and their catchments. Supported by the Wise Water Ways Workshop

Monday October 27th, 3.30 for 4pm start – Professor Sam Lake AO, Monash University. Location: Theatre 6101, La Trobe University, Wodonga

Professor Sam Lake is one of Australia’s leading freshwater ecologists and has been honoured with international and national awards for his research and other contributions to aquatic science.

In “retirement”, Sam continues the struggle of furthering the ecological restoration of streams. The challenges  associated with this, will be discussed in the seminar.

Screening of the film DamNation. Supported by the River Basin Management Society (RBMS)

Thursday November 20th, 5.30pm – Location: Theatre 6101, La Trobe University, Wodonga

"This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers.”

Over refreshments, a discussion will be led by Jamie Kaye, exploring the relevance of the film to our Murray-Darling Basin.

The trailer for the film can be viewed here

Development of fish passage technology in the Lower Mekong and Murray-Darling Basins. Supported by the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre (MDFRC)

Wednesday December 3rd, 5pm – Jarrod McPherson, Fish Research Technician, MDFRC. Location: Theatre 6101, La Trobe University, Wodonga

Prior to joining the MDFRC this year, Jarrod was a Senior Fisheries Technician at Narrandera Fisheries Centre. In 2011, Jarrod relocated to Lao PDR for 12 months to assist with developing a fish passage program for the Lower Mekong Basin. Jarrod applied his knowledge of fish migration in the Murray-Darling Basin to the fish of the Mekong River and he continues his involvement in fish passage research with his work at the MDFRC.

For more information about the Murray-Darling Basin seminar series, please contact: Kathie Le Busque: (02) 6024 9675.

Some highlights from the Murray-Darling seminar series are shared here:

  1. Keith Ward from Goulbourn Broken CMA talks about his 23 year history working in the Barmah-Millewa Forest.
  2. Neil Ward, Director of Indigenous Engagement at the Murray-Darling Basin Authority talks about engagement with Indigenous Australians during the development of the Basin Plan.
  3. Andrew Briggs from the North East CMA talks about Diverse, healthy landscapes and vibrant communities.




 For other presentations by MDFRC staff and about our work visit the YouTube page





PDFMurray-Darling_Basin_Seminar_Series_Invitation.pdf (275 KB)