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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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:...

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Friends of the Barwon Digital Brochure 2021

Friends of the Barwon Digital Brochure 2021 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...

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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.


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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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