The Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority in partnership with the SA Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) have been successful in being named as one of the three finalists in the 2015 Australian Riverprize.
This annual prize is awarded for excellence in river management. Other finalists this year are: Macquarie River, NSW and Lake Mealup, WA.
The NRA/DEWNR Stage 1 submission to the Prize was successful and an invitation was received to submit in Stage 2 of the process. This led to the short-listing of the of the Murray River, SA and, in particular, the work of the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority’s Yarluwar-Ruwe (Caring for Country) Program and its partnership with DEWNR. The Ngarrindjeri Yarluwar-Ruwe Program has developed an innovation approach to engagement in integrated river basin management in the SA MurrayDarling Basin region. This approach has been supported by a long-term partnership with Flinders University and several Goyder Institute for Water research projects. In particular, one of the key activities and outcomes named in the Riverprize submission is the research carried out as part of the Goyder project - 'Indigenous engagement in environmental water planning, research and management: Innovations in South Australia's Murray-Darling Basin Region" Hemming S and Rigney D Goyder Institute for Water Research Technical Report Series No. 14/21. This project assisted with identification of the Ngarrindjeri innovations in engagement in water management, planning and research that supported the NRA/DEWNR submission to the Australian Riverprize. The current Hemming/Rigney Goyder Project focussing on theoretical and methodological innovations in Ramsar planning is also contributing to conference presentations at the Riversymposium.
Finalists are required to attend the International Riversymposium, held in Brisbane, Australia from 21 to 23 September 2015. The winner will be announced at the Riverprize Gala dinner on Tuesday 22nd September. We wish Steve Hemming and his team at Flinders University success and look forward to hearing the outcome.