Plans to protect Ovens River and its wetlands

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PRISTINE: The Ovens River (above) is a nursery for a host of native fish and plant life. Aboriginal Corporation water policy officer Ray Ahmet (below) provided insight into the waterway’s indigenous cultural values with those attending the symposium.

A symposium designed to shine a light on one of Victoria’s most iconic rivers, the Ovens River, was held at GOTAFE in Wangaratta last week.

Presented by the North East Catchment Management Authority (NECMA), Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and La Trobe University’s Centre for Freshwater Ecosystems, around 57 people attended the event representing local Landcare groups, university and research organisations, government agencies and authorities and other stakeholders.

Guest presenters included La Trobe University’s Professor Susan Lawrence and Dr Jim Radford, and Aboriginal Corporation Yorta Yorta Nation water policy officer, Ray Ahmat.

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