Friends of the Barwon

Friends of the Barwon (FOTB) is a catchment wide network of groups and individuals working to protect and restore the long-term health of the Barwon River and its tributaries through building partnerships, empowering communities, and engaging with government. 

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News & Announcements

FOTB Clean Up Australia Event – Ceres

FOTB Clean Up Australia Event – Ceres

Sunday, 3rd March - 9am - 11am The Barwon is mighty, The rubbish unsightly!  Let's give the platypi a chance To do their platypodi dance In water that has an ab-sance Of stinky rotten litter.  Join Friends of the Barwon and mates from Geelong to help clean...

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Friends of the Barwon – Newsletter December 2023

Friends of the Barwon – Newsletter December 2023

Vol 15 Content: Chair’s Message Annual General Meeting November 2023 Protecting the Barwon – Five years of work undertaken by the FOTB Following up on ‘What’s going on with our river?’ forum From Upper Barwon to Geelong - How to manage part of a complex water supply...

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FOTB – Annual General Meeting November 2023 Minutes

FOTB – Annual General Meeting November 2023 Minutes

FOTB held our Annual General Meeting on 22nd November. Around thirty members (and members-to-be) joined us to hear about the many issues that the FOTB committee members and other friends and affiliates of FOTB have been busily working on over the last 18 months. Our...

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FOTB Newsletter – August 2023

FOTB Newsletter – August 2023

Content: Chair’s Message Essential Services Commission Pricing Review Background to Recent Pollution Events on the Yarrowee River Water Releases Through the Lough Calvert Drainage Scheme Update on the Anglesea Borefield Concerning Findings about Suspected Unlicensed...

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Water Releases Through the Lough Calvert Drainage Scheme

Water Releases Through the Lough Calvert Drainage Scheme

Readers of the Colac Herald will have seen a recent front-page article with calls from a local farmer to start the release of water from Lake Colac into the Lough Calvert Drainage Channel at the northern end of the lake, near Irrewarra. His concerns related to...

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Update on the Anglesea Borefield

Update on the Anglesea Borefield

Friends of the Barwon Committee members were recently briefed, by both Barwon Water and the Friends of the Anglesea River, about issues affecting the Anglesea River and its estuary. In recent times the Anglesea River has experienced prolonged periods with low pH...

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About FOTB

Our group’s purpose is:

‘To be an independent knowledge-based community leader and educator for the protection and improvement of the ecosystem of the Barwon catchment’.

A healthy, flowing and life sustaining Barwon River system is both our goal and our obligation to the generations to come.

Newsletters

Friends of the Barwon – Newsletter December 2023

Vol 15 Content: Chair’s Message Annual General Meeting November 2023 Protecting the Barwon – Five years of work undertaken by the FOTB Following up on ‘What’s going on with our river?’ forum From Upper Barwon to Geelong - How to manage part of a complex water supply...

FOTB Newsletter – August 2023

Content: Chair’s Message Essential Services Commission Pricing Review Background to Recent Pollution Events on the Yarrowee River Water Releases Through the Lough Calvert Drainage Scheme Update on the Anglesea Borefield Concerning Findings about Suspected Unlicensed...

FOTB Newsletter – April 2023

The FOTB April 2023 Newsletter has recently been circulated to our members and can now be accessed here.  The newsletter covers: Chair’s Message Summary and Minutes of our AGM – 22nd February New Friends of the Barwon Website Clean Ocean Foundation Webinar: Pollute or...

FOTB Newsletter – January 2023

Our latest newsletter with updates on issues, activities and events relevant to the waterways of Victoria’s Barwon River for those who love our river system – ‘Friends of the Barwon’.

Our River System

The Barwon system comprises two basins or catchments and includes the Yarrowee /Leigh and Moorabool rivers, and several hundred kilometres of minor tributaries. It closely approximates the G21 region boundary.

State government estimates predict a population increase for this region of 35% by 2031. Roughly 3/4 of this population live in the greater Geelong area so the majority of the catchment population are urban dwellers.

The surface and ground water within the Barwon System provide the bulk of the water used by the population within its catchment. This has placed enormous strain on its rivers resulting in frequent cease to flow events, acid releases causing large fish die-offs and a myriad of other impacts.

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Make a Donation

Friends of the Barwon is a registered charity and we are currently in the process of applying for endorsement as a deductible gift recipient (DGR). As such, donations will be tax deductible and donors will be able to deduct the amount of their donation from their taxable income when they lodge their tax return – once our DGR status is confirmed..

 

Fortunately, as we await the decision on our DGR application, we are able to offer donors the opportunity to make a donation indirectly to FOTB via Landcare Victoria Inc. (LVI). To do this, visit the link to the LVI donations page and specify Friends of the Barwon Inc. as the group that you wish to donate to. All donations over $2.00 will be tax deductible.

If your not seeking a tax deduction, please donate to FOTB using the buttons below….

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