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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Draft Strategic for FOTB Member Input

Draft Strategic for FOTB Member Input

The FOTB Committee are looking for input from FOTB members to help us finalise our draft Strategic Plan to ensure that our goals and actions are achievable and relevant to both the needs of our river system and the aspirations of our members. We...

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News & Announcements

Water Matters – “Talk It Up” Event Summary

Water Matters – “Talk It Up” Event Summary

By Liz Hamilton Along with 60 or so people, I recently attended the "Talk It Up" session hosted by the Geelong Regional Library & Heritage Centre.  Barwon Water’s Managing Director, Shaun Cumming, chaired the session which featured a stellar line-up of...

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Be a watchdog for our waterways!

Be a watchdog for our waterways!

Q. Qui garde nos rivieres?  A. Friends of the Barwon has always acted as a guardian or watchdog for the waterways in our region.  Importantly, we have made major contributions to the Central and Gippsland Region Sustainable Water Strategy (C&GSWS)...

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Authorities and locals working to restore our river health

Authorities and locals working to restore our river health

Willows and non-native river grass Glyceria (Glyceria maxima or River Sweet Grass) have been removed with revegetation occurring along 11.8 km of the east and west branches of the Barwon River near Forrest, as Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA) works in...

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FOTB is now a Tax – Deductible Gift Recipient

FOTB is now a Tax – Deductible Gift Recipient

Friends of the Barwon Inc. were recently informed that our application to be a tax - Deductible Gift Recipient has been successful, and as such FOTB and its public fund have successfully been entered onto the Register of Environmental Organisations (REO) as of 29...

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FOTB Newsletter – March 2024

FOTB Newsletter – March 2024

Vol 16 Chair’s Message $1.77 million Green Links grant for the Rivers of the Barwon revegetation works What’s Going On with Our River? Follow Up Event FOTB Clean Up Australia Event at Ceres a Great Success! Blue-Green Algae Outbreak Closes Barwon River in Geelong FOTB...

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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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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

FOTB Newsletter – March 2024

Vol 16 Chair’s Message $1.77 million Green Links grant for the Rivers of the Barwon revegetation works What’s Going On with Our River? Follow Up Event FOTB Clean Up Australia Event at Ceres a Great Success! Blue-Green Algae Outbreak Closes Barwon River in Geelong FOTB...

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 Inc. were recently informed that our application to become a tax – Deductible Gift Recipient has been successful. Consequently, FOTB and its public fund have successfully been entered onto the Register of Environmental Organisations (REO) as of 29 November 2023. 

This means that donations made to the public fund from this date of entry are eligible for a tax deduction under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (the Act). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has been notified of the organisation’s entry onto the REO and will update the organisation’s Australian Business Register entry to reflect the public fund’s endorsement as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR).

As a Not for Profit, FOTB operates on a very small budget which primarily covers the Executive Officer (EO) role for just 7.6 hours per week. All of the other work undertaken by the Committee, other members and the Executive Officer is voluntary.

If you would like to help secure the future of FOTB and expand our activities, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Friends of the Barwon using the buttons below or email friendsofthebarwon@gmail.com to discuss your ideas.

 All donations over $2.00 will be tax deductible.

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