The River Moorabool – Film Launch & Expert Panel
This film explains why this unique river, travelling from the Wombat Forest near Ballarat to the Barwon River at Geelong, is in trouble.
About 90% of the Moorabool’s natural flow is taken for human use. Dams in the upper catchment trap water for Geelong and Ballarat. More is trapped in farm dams, so never makes the river. A lower stretch of the river near Geelong is concreted, but this is badly broken, so water soaks into the cement quarry for which the river’s course was twice shifted back in the 1900s. Further downstream, the river was turned into a concrete channel. The Moorabool’s flow often does not make it to the Barwon River.
The film presents interviews with a Wadawurrung man, farmers, scientists (including Alison Pouliot), landcare proponents, and river campaigners that explain the river’s history, characteristics, problems and possible solutions. The diversity of scenery along the river is a strong feature of the film.
The film was made by People for A Living Moorabool and Sheoaks Films.
See HERE for a preview of the film. We hope you can join us.