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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Essential Services Commission (ESC) Pricing Review

Essential Services Commission (ESC) Pricing Review

The Concerned Waterways Alliance attended two meetings in May with Lach Gordon representing Friends of the Barwon Barwon Water (BW) ESC draft decision Barwon Water received only very minor reductions of funding for some programs. There was a reduction of $2 million...

Workshop Summary NWGGA Strategic Assessment – CoGG

Workshop Summary NWGGA Strategic Assessment – CoGG

The City of Greater Geelong (the City) held two workshops with environment and community group members in February2023 to assist the City in preparing the Northern and Western Geelong Growth Areas (NWGGA) Strategic Assessment.The purpose of engagement with environment...

FOTB Newsletter – April 2023

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...

Minutes of the AGM 22nd February 2023

Minutes of the AGM 22nd February 2023

Location: Jeff Sykes Rowing Centre, South Geelong. Friends of the Barwon Chair, Trevor Hodson, welcomed everyone and expressed his Acknowledgement of Country – "I would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land where we meet, the Wadawurrung here in...

Summary of our recent Annual General Meeting

Summary of our recent Annual General Meeting

Over 30 members and other friends of the Rivers of the Barwon came along to our AGM last week which was held at the Jeff Sykes Rowing Centre on the mighty Barwon River. Meet our new and old Committee members from L to R….Ewan McMillan, Trent Griffiths, Mary Dracup, Hugh Stewart, Trevor Hodson, Lach Gordon, Sarah Brien and Andrea Montgomery. If you’d like to get involved with FOTB please email: friendsofthebarwon@gmail.com

At Last!  – Some Protection for our Local Rivers

At Last!  – Some Protection for our Local Rivers

By Lach Gordon Friends of the Barwon welcomes the Victorian Government announcement of new interim planning controls for our rivers. The Announcement In late December 2022 DELWP advised the gazetting of Planning Scheme Amendment VC201. The amendment delivers stronger...

Platypus eDNA study results

Platypus eDNA study results

The recent Environmental DNA (eDNA) assessment of platypus distribution in the Middle Barwon River, incorporating grass-roots citizen science, contributed to the largest continuous survey for this iconic species in Victoria. The findings are summarised in the report:...

Friends of the Barwon Digital Brochure 2021

Friends of the Barwon Digital Brochure 2021

https://youtu.be/9zrzhy3x2K0 The Friends of the Barwon team has been busy during “lockdown” and we are excited to share this digital brochure with you as one example of how we have used our time expeditiously! Whilst we are all enjoying excellent flows across the...