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July 2012

Draft Healthy Waterways Strategy

19/07/2012 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Manchester Press,
8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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The Draft Healthy Waterways Strategy (draft HWS) outlines the role Melbourne Water will play in managing rivers, estuaries and wetlands in the Port Phillip and Westernport region from 2013/14 to 2017/18. The draft HWS identifies priority areas and management actions to improve waterway health. The strategy takes a fresh approach to setting waterway management targets by focusing on seven key waterway values: fish, platypus, frogs, macroinvertebrates, birds, vegetation and amenity. The approach aims to understand the waterway condition required to…

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August 2012

What are we doing now that we may regret?

02/08/2012 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Theatre 1 – Basement,
221 Bouverie St
Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia
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The best of intentions can sometimes have some unintended consequences. In this seminar, we explore some of the thing we, as natural resource managers, are doing now that we may end up regretting in the future. What are likely to become our biggest mistakes? How do we prevent them?  How do we avoid repeating mistakes of the past? What is it we should be doing? Geoff Vietz (University of Melbourne, Peter Cullen Trust fellow) will be hosting the following presentors:…

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September 2012

Exploring the riparian restoration experiment (fieldtrip)

13/09/2012 @ 7:45 am - 5:00 pm

The RBMS invites you to a field day on the Riparian Restoration Project – an experiment to evaluate the effectiveness of riparian restoration in lowland streams of the Murray Darling Basin. The enhancement of degraded riparian zones represents a major focus of waterway management across Australia. These efforts are motivated by an understanding that the overall health of our streams is intimately linked with the condition of the riparian zone. Despite the considerable annual investment of millions of dollars, the ecological effectiveness of riparian…

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October 2012

Citizen science and environmental decision making

18/10/2012 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Manchester Press,
8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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The latest edition of Decision Point (the Environmental Decision Group's monthly magazine) looks at the role of 'citizen science' in environmental management. Hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in 'citizen science' around the world. That is, non-scientists have gone out into their local environment and collected information that has (or will) be used to improve our environmental understanding. No one disputes the educational value of these activities but many have questioned the scientific value of the collected information. This edition of Decision Point explores…

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November 2012

Presentation on the Draft Victorian Waterway Management Strategy

01/11/2012 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Theatre 2 – Basement,
221 Bouverie St
Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia
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We invite you to an evening of enlightenment – the development, actions and implications of the Draft Victorian Waterway Management Strategy. The draft strategy, due to be released for public consultation in the coming weeks, provides important direction for waterway management in Victoria. The strategy will replace the Victorian River Health Strategy (2002) and describes the proposed policy for waterway management over the next eight years. It includes guidance on regional decision-making, investment, management issues, and roles and responsibilities of…

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2012: A year in review (and AGM)

22/11/2012 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Theatre 2 – Basement,
221 Bouverie St
Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia
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It was another interesting year in catchment management and in the RBMS. To hear from those with the insights on achievements, challenges and lessons learnt please save the date for the upcoming seminar, '2012: A year in review'. This seminar will be hosted by Professor Tim Fletcher from the University of Melbourne and include the following great speakers: Paul Sinclair, Healthy Ecosystems Program Manager, Australian Conservation Foundation Ian Burns, Director Environmental Hydrology, Murray Darling Basin Authority   The seminar will…

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Submission on the Draft Victorian Waterway Management Strategy

29/11/2012 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Manchester Press,
8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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The next RBMS reading group will address the Draft Victorian Waterway Management Strategy. The draft strategy, released for public consultation this week, provides important direction for waterway management in Victoria. The Department of Sustainability and Environment are encouraging the public to make submissions, which will be considered in developing the final strategy. The RBMS, as a representative body for integrated catchment management professionals, intends to make a submission on the draft strategy. This reading group will be important in guiding the…

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February 2013

Catchment condition and management report

28/02/2013 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Manchester Press,
8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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The first RBMS reading group for 2013 will discuss the Victorian Catchment Management Council's 2012 Catchment Condition and Management Report. The Catchment Condition and Management Report is the fourth such report published by VCMC and provides a snapshot of the condition of our catchments and just how well we are managing and maintaining our crucial land and water resources and the many services they provide. Join us for a robust discussion of this report, with particular focus on discussing the…

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March 2013

A State emblems conservation area?

28/03/2013 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Manchester Press,
8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Summary of event In March the RBMS Reading Group met to discuss the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council’s (VEAC’s) Yellingbo Investigation Draft Proposals Paper. The group supported the establishment of a State Emblems Conservation Area within the Yellingbo Investigation Area and bringing the fragmented nature of public land and it’s management together. The Reading Group agreed that the proposal would potentially be costly, particularly due to boundary survey costs associated with fencing and that it would be a challenge to execute given the diverse range…

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April 2013

Mining and healthy waterways: Can the two co-exist?

11/04/2013 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Theatre 2 – Basement,
221 Bouverie St
Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia

Summary of event Held in April, nearly 40 people attended this fantastic seminar. Breaking from tradition, the RBMS facilitated a panel style discussion seminar. Featuring four panellists from different sectors of the industry the audience engaged in a lively debate on whether rivers and mining can co-exist. No clear answer was agreed upon but all of our panellists highlighted the need for strong advocacy, well-resourced regulators and ethical miners. The audience heard from Ian Rutherford, Ross Hardie, Marty Hillemacher and…

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May 2013

Melbourne Reading Group – Are waterways winners or losers under the new State and Federal budgets?

23/05/2013 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Manchester Press,
8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Event summary The May reading group was unimpressed with what both the State and Federal budgets had to offer for waterways. Unfortunately, funding for new programs was limited. We discussed how the budgets represented a shift towards being a “brown economy” and how we, as natural resource managers, need to find a way to operate within that framework. Sadly, we concluded that waterways are losers in both budgets. Event details The Federal and Victorian State Governments have now both released their budgets…

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July 2013

How do the Regional Catchment Strategies compare?

18/07/2013 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Manchester Press,
8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia

Event summary The July Reading Group discussed the development of the ten Victorian Regional Catchment Strategies (RCSs), particularly the different approaches that were adopted. Some CMAs, such as Goulburn Broken CMA and North East CMA, focussed on a resilience-based approach while others used a traditional asset-based approach, following the guidelines produced by the Victorian Catchment Management Council (VCMC) and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) more closely. Some RCSs dealt strictly with natural resource management issues while others broadened their…

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Integrated Water Management

25/07/2013 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Theatre 2, Basement,
221 Bouverie St
Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia

Summary of event Our July seminar was facilitated by Lauren Mittiga (MW) and featured Cathy Wilkinson (OLV) and Peter Breen (E2DesignLab). An audience of 25 listened to Cathy present the proposed outcomes of the recent  draft policy released by the Office of Living Victoria for consultation. ‘Melbourne’s Water Future’ provides a new approach to managing the urban water cycle in Melbourne and explores ways in which the whole water cycle works together. For more information visit www.livingvictoria.vic.gov.au. Following Cathy’s presentation, Peter…

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August 2013

Inaugural RBMS Awards Night

23/08/2013 @ 6:30 pm - 24/08/2013 @ 12:00 am
River’s Edge Events,
18-38 Siddeley Street
Melbourne, VIC 3008 Australia
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The Inaugural RBMS Awards Night was held on Friday 23 August 2013 at the spectacular River's Edge, overlooking the Yarra River estuary and the City of Melbourne. Awards were presented in the following categories: Alluvium award for innovation in waterway management Department of Environment and Primary Industries award for involving community in waterway management Building knowledge in waterway management Influencing positive change in waterway management Achieving excellence in catastrophic event response Outstanding waterway management project of the year Melbourne Water award for leadership in waterway…

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October 2013

A Green Army to the rescue of our degraded land and polluted waterways?

03/10/2013 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Manchester Press,
8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Event summary The Federal Government’s Green Army program aims to employ young people “to combat land degradation, clean up our waterways, provide real and practical solutions to cleaning up riverbanks and creek beds, re-vegetate sand dunes, re-vegetate mangrove habitat and a host of other environmental conservation projects”. Consensus among the group was that while the program had potential, the environmental, social and economic benefits of it would depend on how the program was pitched and operated. In particular, the purpose and…

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What makes for remarkable waterway management?

17/10/2013 @ 5:45 pm - 7:30 pm
Theatre 2 – Basement,
221 Bouverie St
Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia
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What makes for remarkable waterway management? Insights from three RBMS Awards Night winners   The River Basin Management Society held its inaugural awards night in August to celebrate the achievements of our industry and recognise the outstanding contributions made by individuals and organisations within the industry. The RBMS’s sixth seminar for the year gives you the chance to hear three of our award winners reflect on their achievements, what made their projects so successful and what they have learnt from…

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November 2013

Annual Year in Review Seminar and AGM

21/11/2013 @ 5:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Theatre 2, Basement,
221 Bouverie St
Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia
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Summary of event The minutes of the 2012/13 AGM are now available here.   Event details A lot happens in a year! In our final seminar for 2013 we will share the pivotal moments and successes of the year in Integrated Catchment Management. The River Basin Management Society (RBMS) is pleased to present this seminar in conjunction with our AGM. Les Tate (DEPI and RBMS Committee Member), and with the following presenters this is sure to be a fantastic evening:…

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Melbourne Reading Group – Final Victorian Waterway Management Strategy

28/11/2013 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Manchester Press,
8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

The RBMS invites you to our next Reading Group on Thursday 28 November 2013 to discuss the recently released Victorian Waterway Management Strategy. This document sets the strategic direction for Victoria’s rivers, estuaries and wetlands for the next eight years. The discussion will have a particular focus on how the Strategy differs from the previous Victorian River Health Strategy and advancements made since 2002, as well as the updates made from the draft to the final version following stakeholder consultation.…

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February 2014

Reading Group: Water Bill Exposure Draft

06/02/2014 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Manchester Press,
8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Summary of event Following the reading group, the RBMS consulted with its members to prepare a formal submission on the Water Bill Exposure Draft. Our submission is available online here.   Event details The RBMS invites you to our next Reading Group on Thursday 6 February 2014 to discuss the recently released Water Bill Exposure Draft. Victoria has two main Acts that govern the management and use of water – the Water Act 1989 and the Water Industry Act 1994. The Water Bill Exposure Draft proposes…

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March 2014

Reading Group: Progress, problems and prospects in Australian river repair

06/03/2014 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Manchester Press,
8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Summary of Event: Autism and Abattoirs; the Apgar test and the Brain journal: Progress, problems and prospects in Australian river repair The March reading group met for a broad ranging discussion on the state of our industry. The discussion was informed by an analysis of the makeup of six Australian Stream Management Conferences reported in a 2013 journal article by Kirstie Fryirs, Bruce Chessman and Ian Rutherfurd. This important paper tied in nicely with the 7th Australian Stream Management Conference…

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Environmental flows in Victoria

20/03/2014 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Theatre 2, Basement,
221 Bouverie Street
Carlton, Australia
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Summary of event Our seminar in March brought us up to speed on developments and achievements in environmental flow determination and delivery in Victoria. The seminar kicked off with Paulo Lay (DEPI) presenting the Victorian Government's perspectives on the Murray Darling Basin Plan, particularly the use of works and measures to efficiently deliver environmental water. Using works, such as pumps and other built structures, less water is required to target high priority areas such as threatened ecological communities or areas…

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April 2014

Reading Group: Defining and using best available science

10/04/2014 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Manchester Press,
8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Summary of event: The RBMS Reading Group on Thursday 10 April 2014 met to discuss a 2010 journal article on the concept of 'Best Available Science'. This topic was mentioned in the RBMS submission on the Water Law Exposure Draft and briefly discussed at our last reading group. This session gave us the opportunity to explore the topic in more detail. Reading material: Ryder, D., Tomlinson, M., Gawne, B. and Likens, G. E. (2010) Defining and using ‘best available science’: a policy conundrum…

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May 2014

Rivers, trail bikes & social media: the delicate art of community engagement

01/05/2014 @ 5:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Theatre 2 – Basement,
221 Bouverie St
Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia

Summary of event Our May seminar brought together three diverse speakers, each entertaining and informative, to share their experiences of stakeholder engagement in NRM. Angela Gladman from North Central CMA gave us a rundown of how the CMA works with landholders and the community through their Caring for the Campaspe project. The project commenced in 2012 with the primary objective of improving riparian vegetation condition. The community engagement component of the project focussed on raising awareness, promoting project incentives, improving…

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Reading Group: Dam Removal – Toward policies and decision making

15/05/2014 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Manchester Press,
8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

As a precursor to the upcoming RBMS film night screening of Damnation, the RBMS invites you to our next Reading Group on Thursday 15 May 2014 to discuss dam removal. Reading material: Doyle, M. W., Harbor, J. M. and Stanley, E. H. (2003) Toward Policies and Decision-Making for Dam Removal. Environmental Management, April 2003, Volume 31 (4): 453-465. Abstract:Dam removal has emerged as a critical issue in environmental management. Agencies responsible for dams face a drastic increase in the number…

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June 2014

DamNation screening

26/06/2014 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Theatre 2 – Basement,
221 Bouverie St
Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia
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DamNation screening and special general meeting For our third seminar of 2014, we will be screening the acclaimed documentary film DamNation.  "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...DamNation's majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from…

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July 2014

Reading Group – Administration and Effectiveness of the ECL

17/07/2014 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Manchester Press,
8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Context: Since 2004–05, Victorians have been paying for the costs of sustainable water-related initiatives through their water bills. This has been in the form of the Environmental Contribution Levy (ECL), which is linked to the revenue of water businesses. By 2015–16 it is expected that almost $1 billion will have been collected through the ECL. The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is responsible for administering the ECL and the initiatives it funds. The Victorian Auditor-General's Office has just…

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August 2014

Reading Group – Draft Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy

05/08/2014 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Manchester Press,
8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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The RBMS met to discuss the Draft Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy on Tuesday 5th August.  The aim of the draft strategy is to better prepare Victoria for severe flooding by enabling communities and relevant agencies to undertake informed management actions.  The proposed polices, actions and accountability’s are expected to set the policy direction for floodplain management in Victoria over the next 10 years. The consultation period for the Draft Strategy is currently underway, with submissions on the Draft Strategy due 5pm, Monday 11 August…

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RBMS seminar: Clearing the waters on GDE management

07/08/2014 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Theatre 2 – Basement,
221 Bouverie St
Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia
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Clearing the waters on GDE management   Groundwater dependent ecosystems (GDEs) require access to groundwater to meet all or some of their water requirements so as to maintain the communities of plants and animals, ecological processes they support, and ecosystem services they provide.  GDEs may include rivers, estuaries, springs, wetlands, lakes, terrestrial vegetation, and cave and aquifer systems.   Despite their ecological importance and value, GDEs have been historically poorly understood, with much of our understanding of these ecosystems coming…

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September 2014

Reading Group – The economic impact of diminishing natural capital

18/09/2014 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Manchester Press,
8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

The RBMS met on Thursday 21st September to discuss the Future Economy Group's report into the Economic impact of diminishing natural capital in Victoria.   The Future Economy Group is a coalltion of business and environmental groups formed to  research and advocate for innovation and the recognition of the importance of natural capital to Victoria’s economy. Future Economy Group members include bankmecu, VicSuper, Sustainable Business Australia, Australian Ethical Investment, Whole Kids Organic Foods, Pacific Hydro, Intrepid Travel, Third Ecology and Environment Victoria.  …

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October 2014

Reading Group – Standards for ecologically successful river restoration

16/10/2014 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Manchester Press,
8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

The RBMS met on Thursday 16st October to discuss the classic Journal of Applied Ecology article on standards for ecologically successful river restoration (link to pdf here). We were lucky to be joined by one of the paper's co-authors: Emeritus Professor Sam Lake. We had a wide ranging discussion on the standards of success nominated in the paper; and the challenges in implementing these standards in the industry. Reading Material: Palmer et al (2005) Standards for ecologically successful river restoration. Journal of…

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RBMS seminar: Market-based instruments in integrated catchment management

30/10/2014 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Theatre 2 – Basement,
221 Bouverie St
Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia

Market-based instruments in integrated catchment management   Market-based instruments (MBIs) are policy instruments designed to apply market forces to environmental issues.They seek to provide incentitives for polluters to reduce or eliminate their negative environmental impacts. MBIs have been rolled out to assist catchment management across Victoria through programs such as River Tender, Wetland Tender and Conservation Tender. The River Basin Management Society (RBMS) invites you to join us at our October seminar to hear about how MBIs have been implemented…

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November 2014

SEQ Launch: DamNation screening

06/11/2014 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Ship Inn,
Stanley St
South Brisbane, QLD 4101 Australia
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South East Queensland launch & DamNation screening    To launch the RBMS chapter in South East Queensland we will be screening the acclaimed documentary film DamNation.    "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...DamNation's majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also…

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RBMS Fieldtrip: Fishways – Lessons learnt and prospects for the future

13/11/2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Unnamed Venue,
221 Bouverie St
Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia
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The River Basin Management Society invites you to a field trip on Fishways in the Port Phillip and Westernport Region  Overview of the fieldtrip: Join scientists and waterway managers on a tour of Melbourne Water fishways in the Port Phillip and Westernport region as we share industry lessons from the last 15 years and prospects for the future. Through a combination of site visits, field demonstrations and presentations, the day will involve: Visiting common types of fishways. We will be visiting…

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Murray-Darling Basin seminar series screening of DamNation

20/11/2014 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Theatre 6101,
La Trobe University
Wodonga, Victoria Australia
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The River Basin Management Society (RBMS) have teamed with the organisers of the Murray-Darling Basin seminar series to bring the screening of DamNation to North East Victoria. "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…

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December 2014

Looking forward, looking back: Catchment management in Victoria and opportunities post-election 2014 (plus RBMS AGM)

04/12/2014 @ 5:30 pm - 05/12/2014 @ 8:00 pm
Theatre 2 – Basement,
221 Bouverie St
Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia
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AGM and seminar Looking forward, looking back: Catchment management in Victoria and opportunities post-election 2014   It's been a big year for the River Basin Management Society! We've adopted a new constitution, changed our financial year and launched the RBMS in Brisbane. To cap it off, we'll be awarding life membership to two long-serving members of the RBMS. Join us at our AGM and end of year seminar to look back on the evolution of the RBMS and the industry…

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February 2015

Victorian Reading Group – How effective are Catchment Management Authorities?

19/02/2015 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Manchester Press,
8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Just how effective are Catchment Management Authorities? This was the question posed in a recent report by the Victorian Auditor General. The RBMS invites you to join us to discuss this report at our first reading group of the year on Thursday 19th February. The VAGO website includes both a summary video and a the full report (link here).  Join us for an interesting discussion on the effectiveness of these important natural resource management agencies and where there are opportunities for…

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March 2015

Brisbane Reading Group: Floods, media, governance and policy

04/03/2015 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Emjay’s Coffee,
Corner Creek St and Adelaide St
Brisbane CBD, QLD 4000 Australia

The SEQ Branch of the River Basin Management Society is pleased to invite you to our first reading group for 2015. Our reading groups are held bi-monthly and involve getting together over a morning coffee to discuss an interesting, topical, controversial or informative article. Join us on Wednesday March 4th to discuss "Framing the flood: a media analysis of themes of resilience in the 2011 Brisbane flood, Regional Environmental Change".   SEQ has experienced it's fair share of flooding in recent…

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RBMS Brisbane Seminar – Urban Fish Habitat and Aquatic Connectivity

18/03/2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
BMT WBM office,
Level 8, 200 Creek Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000 Australia

RBMS Brisbane seminar Urban Fish Habitat and Aquatic Connectivity   The River Basin Management Society is pleased to invite you to our first seminar in Queensland. Join us for an interesting evening with our guest presenters, and new and familiar faces from the industry and community. Drinks and nibbles will be served from 5.30pm. The seminar will commence at 6pm.   As South East Queensland has grown we have heavily modified our catchments to suit our needs, be they flood mitigation, water…

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RBMS Melbourne Seminar – Education and Integrated Catchment Management

19/03/2015 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Theatre 2 – Basement,
221 Bouverie St
Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia

 RBMS Melbourne seminarEducation and Integrated Catchment Management The River Basin Management Society (RBMS) invites you to our first seminar of 2015. This seminar will consider secondary, tertiary and professional education in integrated catchment management and the role that the RBMS can have in this. During the seminar, we will hear from two leading educators from the secondary and tertiary sectors, followed by an open discussion around the potential role for the RBMS in education of our industry and the next generation of…

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Victorian Reading Group – How effective is the EU Water Framework Directive?

26/03/2015 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Manchester Press,
8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Just how effective is the EU Water Framework Directive? This reading group topic follows on from our February session on the effectiveness of Victorian Catchment Managment Authorities. We turn our attention to the effectiveness of the EU Water Framework Directive 15 years following the adoption of this landmark requirement for waterway management accross the EU.   We have two short reports for this session: The European Commission's 2012 Implementation Report . This is the official periodic report required under the Water…

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May 2015

RBMS Melbourne Seminar – RiverMAP: State-wide modelling and monitoring of our rivers

14/05/2015 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Theatre 2 – Basement,
221 Bouverie St
Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia

RBMS Melbourne seminar RiverMAP: State-wide modelling and monitoring of our rivers   The River Basin Management Society (RBMS) is pleased to invite you to our May seminar in Melbourne. Join us for cheese, wine and soft drink from 5.30pm. The seminar will commence at 6pm. The Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) plays a central role in the catchment management industry. Not only does the EPA have important compliance and regulatory responsibilities to prevent pollution, it also runs a number of…

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Brisbane Reading Group – Standards for ecologically successful river restoration

15/05/2015 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Monk and Grind,
174 Barry Pde, Fortitude Valley
Brisbane, QLD 4006 Australia

The SEQ Branch of the River Basin Management Society is pleased to invite you to our second reading group for 2015. Our reading groups are held bi-monthly and involve getting together over a morning coffee to discuss an interesting, topical, controversial or informative article.  We invite you to join us on Friday 15th May to discuss the classic Journal of Applied Ecology article on standards for ecologically successful river restoration (link to pdf here).  Journal article: Palmer et al (2005) Standards for…

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June 2015

RBMS Melbourne Seminar – Emergency management in Victorian river basins and abroad

25/06/2015 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Theatre 2 – Basement,
221 Bouverie St
Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia

The RBMS committee invites you to explore current thinking and ongoing efforts in emergency management in both a local (Victorian) and international (developing) context.   Estrella Melero-Blanca will present her international experience in emergency management, focusing on information management in a developing context. Estrella is a spatial scientist with GHD and has recently returned from a professional volunteer role in the Dominican Republic. Steve Muncaster and Liz Johnston from the Department of Land, Environment, Water and Planning (DELWP) will discuss what…

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Melbourne Reading Group – Contribute to the State Environment Protection Policy (Waters) Review

29/06/2015 @ 7:40 am - 8:40 am
Manchester Press,
8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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The RBMS will be making a submission to the State Environment Protection Policy (SEPP) Waters of Victoria Review. This reading group will help canvass the views of our members to inform that submission. The first stage of public consultation has commenced with the release of a discussion paper, which is available online at http://www.delwp.vic.gov.au/state-environment-protection-policy-waters-review. The discussion paper aims to facilitate discussion and increase understanding of the role of SEPP in setting a framework for the protection of water environments. The…

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July 2015

RBMS Brisbane Seminar – Managing nutrients in south east Queensland waterways

01/07/2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Wickham – Upstairs,
308 Wickham Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000 Australia
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RBMS Brisbane seminar: Managing nutrients in south east Queensland waterways The River Basin Management Society is pleased to host this seminar which will include two presentations from 2015 nominees for Healthy Waterways awards. Join us for an interesting evening with our guest presenters, and new and familiar faces from the industry and community.  Drinks and nibbles will be served from 5.30pm. The seminar will commence at 6 pm. Both presentations will explore issues surrounding nutrient inputs into south east Queensland waterways. In…

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Melbourne Reading Group – Continuing the conversation on the SEPP Review

08/07/2015 @ 7:30 am - 16/07/2015 @ 8:30 am
Manchester Press,
8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Last Monday we kicked off a conversation about the State Environment Protection Policy (SEPP) Waters of Victoria Review - but there's just so much to it that we ran out of time! Join us next Wednesday for another chat to inform the RBMS submission on this important policy review. We encourage you to come, regardless of whether you attended last Monday's discussion or not. We'll be focusing on questions 8 and onwards posed in the discussion paper: http://www.delwp.vic.gov.au/state-environment-protection-policy-waters-review. The discussion paper aims to facilitate…

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Melbourne Reading Group – Port Phillip and Westernport Draft Flood Management Strategy

23/07/2015 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Manchester Press,
8 Rankins Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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In 2014 RBMS prepared a submission to the Draft Victorian Flood Management Strategy. We have now been invited by Melbourne Water to comment on a regional component, the Draft Flood Management Strategy – Port Phillip and Westernport. The RBMS will be holding a reading group to discuss the Draft Flood Management Strategy – Port Phillip and Westernport, and gain input for a response. The strategy can be accessed athttp://haveyoursay.melbournewater.com.au. Please come along and share your thoughts over breakfast. If you’re unable…

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August 2015

Brisbane Reading Group – Managing water quality in Great Barrier Reef catchments

07/08/2015 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Monk and Grind,
174 Barry Pde, Fortitude Valley
Brisbane, QLD 4006 Australia

The SEQ Branch of the River Basin Management Society is pleased to invite you to a reading group on the 7th of August. Our reading groups are held bi-monthly and involve getting together over a morning coffee to discuss an interesting, topical, controversial or informative topics.  We invite you to join us to discuss the recent Queensland's auditor-general on the management of water quality in Great Barrier Reef catchments (link to pdf here). The report has a good five page summary which…

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September 2015

RBMS Annual General Meeting – Melbourne Seminar

17/09/2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Theatre 1 – Basement,
221 Bouverie St
Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia

 RMBS Annual General Meeting Featuring an interactive session to contribute to the development of a new water plan for Victoria.   RBMS Annual General Meeting The RBMS Annual General Meeting presented the following documents: Agenda of 2014/15 AGM Treasurer's Report 2014-2015 Minutes of 2013/14 AGM 2014-15 President Report 2015-16 President Outlook    Feature Discussion – a new water plan for Victoria. The water sector has some big challenges ahead – climate change, population growth, finding balance between competing demands and continuing…

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RBMS Brisbane Seminar – Communicating Science for evidence-based decision making

30/09/2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Wickham – Upstairs,
308 Wickham Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000 Australia

The River Basin Management Society is pleased to host this seminar special seminar on Communicating Science on 30 September. Join us for an interesting evening with our guest presenter, and new and familiar faces from the industry and community. Drinks and nibbles will be served from 5.30pm. The seminar will commence at 6 pm   River Management often requires scientific information to be communicated with a diverse range of stakeholders including community members, politicians, policy makers and business leaders. Join us for…

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