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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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...

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News & Announcements

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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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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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