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The First National Conference on Stream Management in Australia (1ASM) was held in Merrijig in February 1996. The theme of the inaugural stream management conference was the management of change in stream morphology.

This was an existing time for river managers in Australia. The 52 papers from 1ASM centered around five themes that reflected the trends in stream management of 1996:

  1. The understanding of stream erosion and sedimentation was improving.
  2. There was a growing appreciation of the relative role of human impact against the natural variation in the rates of erosion and sedimentation
  3. Revegetation, particularly riparian vegetation, was becoming the primary tool in stream management, and research in this area was growing.
  4. Restructuring of the water industry in Australia, and a redirection of public resources, had seen an increasing role for catchment-based community groups in stream management, and new roles for State government authorities.
  5. Catchment-based management had also led to broader definitions of stream management.

It’s interesting to see the editors point out that 1ASM had few papers on the links between stream management and stream ecology. Much to their credit, they predicted “that if we had this conference in ten years time, such papers would be common, as stteam ‘restoration’ becomes our management goal“. The proceedings of 5ASM are proof of their foresight.


All individual papers can be downloaded via the links below. All that is required is to sign-up for an RBMS website account (either free account or paid membership).

In addition, the following components of the proceedings are also available for download:

1 The contribution of channel banks and gully walls to total phosphorus loads in the Murrumbidgee River
Pages 1-6
Peter Wallbrink, Jon Olley, Andrew Murray and Laurie Olive

2 Water turbidity and catchment management within the Murray River system
Pages 7-12
John O’Donnell, Laurie Olive and David Lamb

3 The sources of sediment in the Darling-Barwon Rivers: Some preliminary results
Pages 13-18
Gary Caitcheon, Jon Olley and Andrew Murray

4 Sediment transport in the Fitzroy River during flood events
Pages 19-22
J.N. Kelly and W.T. Wong

5 Using major element chemistry to determine sediment source in the Tarago catchment: Preliminary findings
Pages 23-28
Fiona Dyer, Jon Olley and Andrew Murray

6 Sand-slugs in south east Australian streams: Origins, distribution and management
Pages 29-34
Ian Rutherfurd

7 Sedimentation in the lower Hunter River estuary: Some insights from 137Cs distribution
Pages 35-40
Gavin Doyle

8 Floodplain classification and its relevance to stream management
Pages 41-44
Jacky Croke

9 An optimisation model for the management of alluvial rivers
Pages 45-50
Robert Millar and Michael Quick

10 Hydraulic – geomorphic assessment of the Tumut River
Pages 51-56
John Paul Bucinskas

11 Streambed longitudinal gradient and unit stream power analysis of tributary streams of north east Victoria, Australia
Pages 57-62
Ross Hardie

12 Predicting the limits to gully erosion
Pages 63-68
Bruce Abernethy and Ian Prosser

13 Sustainable sand and gravel extraction
Pages 69-74
Wayne Erskine, Wayne Tennant and John Tilleard

14 An investigation of bed scour in the lower Mitchell River
Pages 75-80
Anthony Ladson, Rex Candy, Geoff Claffey and John Tilleard

15 Downstream increasing flood frequency on Australian floodplains
Pages 81-86
Jacky Woodfull, Ian Rutherfurd and Paul Bishop

16 Hydraulic characteristics of retards
Pages 87-92
Ben Dyer, Andrew Western and Roger Grayson

17 Mechanisms of stream bank erosion: The results of five years of bank profile monitoring – River Murray
Pages 93-98
Judy Frankenberg, Wayne Tennant and John Tilleard

18 Potential for the restoration of aquatic macrophytes in billabongs
Pages 99-104
Ralph Ogden

19 Hydrological impact of water use and regulation in the Barwon-Darling River
Pages 105-110
Neeraj Maini and Hugh Cross

20 The importance of channel complexity for ecosystem processing: an example of the Barwon-Darling River
Pages 111-118
Martin Thoms and Fran Sheldon

21 A schematic history of waterway management in Victoria
Pages 119-124
Patricia Geraghty and Peter Vollebergh

22 No involvement, no commitment, no change! Involving the community in watercourse management
Pages 125-130
Michael Good and Jim Burston

23 The management of stream erosion and sedimentation – An interactive community driven process
Pages 131-136
John Gardiner

24 Riverwise: Educating the community about river management
Pages 137-140
David Outhet

25 Land development and stream management in the Tully and Murray Rivers catchment, north Queensland
Pages 141-148
Robert Lait, Mike Merrin and Bruce Gaydon

26 Management plan for the upper Condamine River and tributaries
Pages 149-156
Bruce Gaydon, Greg Murphy, Lyall Hinrichsen and Andrew Markham

27 The identification, conservation and management of wild rivers in the Kimberley region of Western Australia
Pages 157-162
P.J. Williams, Luke Pen, John Stein, Janet Stein and B. Prince

28 Identifying and redressing the ecological consequences of river regulation in the lower River Murray
Pages 163-170
Anne Jensen

29 Urban creeks: streams or drains? Implications for management
Pages 171-176
Louise Ormerod

30 Channel change, bank stability and management for north Queensland coastal streams
Pages 177-182
Ross Kapitzke, Scott Smithers and John Lowry

31 Management of river and dyke protection Red River delta, Vietnam
Pages 183-188
Eric Lesleighter and Tran Xuan Thai

32 A simple model to illustrate the effects of riparian revegetation on stream values in large catchments
Pages 189-196
Cathy Wilson, Robert Argent, Stuart Bunn, Peter Davies, Roger Grayson, Peter Hairsine and Ian Rutherfurd

33 A review of water flow pathways through the riparian zone
Pages 197-202
Natasha Herron

34 Comparing grass filter strips and near-natural riparian forests for buffering intense hillslope sediment sources
Pages 203-206
Peter Hairsine

35 The hydraulics of shallow overland flow: A comparison between a grass filter strip and a near-natural riparian forest
Pages 207-212
D.H. Mackenzie and Peter Hairsine

36 Vegetation and bank stability in relation to changing channel scale
Pages 213-220
Bruce Abernethy and Ian Rutherfurd

37 Ecological investigations into stream bank stabilisation practices in north Queensland
Pages 221-226
Stephen Skull, Paul Clayton and George Lukacs

38 Preliminary investigation into the management of riparian rainforests in south east Queensland
Pages 227-234
Simon O’Donnell

39 Assessment of river channel stability
Pages 235-240
Robert Millar and Michael Quick

40 A model for funding watercourse fencing on farms
Pages 241-246
Basil Schur

41 Watercourse revegetation – Just a walk in the park!
Pages 247-252
Jim Burston and Wayne Brown

42 Environmental impacts of tidal dredging on the Brisbane River, Queensland
Pages 253-258
Wayne Erskine

43 The impact of European settlement on erosion and sedimentation in the Inman River catchment, South Australia
Pages 259-264
Jim Burston and Michael Good

44 The advent of post European erosion in a valley swamp
Pages 265-270
David Fisher

45 Response of the King and Queen rivers, Tasmania, to dramatic changes in flow and sediment load
Pages 271-276
Helen Locher

46 Historical river metamorphosis of the Cann River, East Gippsland, Victoria
Pages 277-282
Wayne Erskine and Lindsay White

47 Palynology techniques: A useful tool for integrated catchment management
Pages 283-288
Christine Kenyon, Elizabeth Anthony and Ivars Reinfelds

48 The role of non-structural options in the management of laterally unstable streams in north-eastern Queensland
Pages 289-294
Sandra Brizga, M.F. Carden and Neil Craigie

49 On the estimation of benefits of stream management
Pages 295-300
Lindsay White and Neil Sturgess

50 The role of a professional association
Pages 301-306
John Senior

51 Saltwater intrusion, lower Mary River, Northern Territory Australia
Pages 307-312
David Williams

52 Imports can be dangerous – Appropriate approaches to Australian rivers and catchments
Pages 313-319
Robert Wasson, Terrence Donnelly and Andrew Murray