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2014 Rotary Murray-Darling School of Freshwater Research

  2014 Rotary Murray-Darling School of Freshwater Research

The 2014 Rotary Murray-Darling School of Freshwater Research

‘The Living Murray- A Sustainable Future’  

19 Years of Environmental Teaching

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The Rotary Murray-Darling School of Freshwater Research (RMDSFR) is a six day residential school held in Albury-Wodonga each year during April, for year 11 students who live in and around the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB). This year we have 28 students from NSW, Victoria, ACT and South Australia attending. The School encourages students to increase their awareness and understanding of the environment, conservation and sustainability issues by enabling them to experience activities inherent in the fields of freshwater ecological research and management. It is an intensive week learning about scientific investigation, sampling techniques and also a series of lectures, workshops and tours all highlighting how water is used and managed in society

The RMDSFR is an initiative of the Rotary Club of Albury and The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre. This Annual School also receives support from a number of organisations including, Norske Skog (Albury Mill), Murray Local Land Services,  Albury City – Wonga Wetlands, La Trobe University and Charles Sturt University. This is the 19th consecutive year that the School has operated, with over 650 students having participated since 1996.

The School aims to provide year 11 students with knowledge and hands on experience of environmental issues. During the week the students will learn about techniques used in environmental research, natural resource management, science communication, land use, recycling, environmental awareness and university opportunities.

Scientific Program Leader, Ms Rochelle Petrie, said the program was designed to nurture and support students with a keen interest in the environment whilst still at school, without compromising their ability to focus on their studies.

“Feedback from participants, their parents and Rotary staff has confirmed that this is a very valuable experience for students, providing them with an opportunity to become familiar with a wide variety of ecological techniques”.

David Hunter, Threatened Species Officer with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage will officially open the 2014 RMDSFR at the launch, with a welcome event for students preceding the six-day residential camp. Dave Hunter is a frog expert and conservationist with plenty of enthusiasm and encouragement to pass on to students at the School.

The live-in experience of the six day school provides a great opportunity for students to meet their peers from throughout the Murray-Darling Basin, gain valuable insights into campus life and be exposed to subject areas they have not previously encountered at school.