Check out our new video!
We've just launched a new facebook page promoting the Cultural Flows documentary film project. Check it out and you'll find a captivating trailer for these unique films. The new page has loads of great photos, stories, updates and information about the Cultural Flows films. The Barmah-Millewa Collective has worked alongside Traditional Owners from the Mutthi Mutthi and Wadi Wadi Nations to develop two short documentary films that explore Indigenous Australian's connections to rivers and water. The films evoke Traditional Owners passionate duty of care to the rivers in their country and the intricate connections between water, community and culture. Please visit and like our new page! We want to project the voices of Indigenous Elders, community leaders and young people out to a wide and varied audience.
Like our new page and we'll make sure you stay updated about local screenings of the Cultural Flows Films. We'll also let you know about the growing national push for recognition of Indigenous water rights. You can start by taking a few minutes to watch the trailer on youtube.
Help keep the loggers out of our Red Gum Parks
Your urgent help is needed! The Barmah-Millewa Collective of Friends of the Earth Melbourne has launched a new online petition, calling on Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke to disallow a proposed ‘ecological thinning’ program in Red Gum National Parks.
Please show your support for our Red Gum forests by signing and sharing the petition.
The Victorian and New South Wales Government want to trial destructive 'thinning' practices inside the National Park. This means logging red gum trees with mechanical harvesters in around 400 hectares of the Park, building roads and using herbicide in this sensitive environment. This perverse scientific logging trial could be used as a model to push for destructive intervention in other National Parks across Australia and the globe.
Victorian Water Law Review
Friends of the Earth Melbourne have taken on an active role campaigning for useful changes to Victoria's water legislation. Late last year, the Victorian Government announced that it would conduct a review of the Water Act 1989. This is the main piece of legislation covering the way fresh water is used and distributed across the state. The Department of Sustainability and the Environment also released a draft of a new Waterway Management Strategy, that will eventually replace the State's River Health Strategy. We have been conducting research and preparing detailed submissions to ensure that new policies and legislation reflect the needs of Indigenous Traditional Owners and the environment. We have continued to work alongside Indigenous organisations to advocate for better consultation and access to water resources for Traditional Owners. This collaborative work will help to lay the foundations for a strong, ongoing campaign for restoration of Indigenous rights to water. You can view our submissions to the review of the Water Act 1989 here, and the Draft Victorian Waterway Management Strategy here.