Video Watering the largest river red gum forest

TLF ID M019577

This nine minute video explores the importance of environmental flows to maintain the ecological health of the Barmah-Millewa Forest in the Murray Darling Basin. This forest is a RAMSAR site and an icon site of the Living Murray with great social, economic, cultural, environmental and spiritual significance. While the forest and associated wetland ecosystems have been affected by the river regulation in the past, recently water allocations have been made specifically to improve the health of the river system. This forest ecosystem is managed collaboratively by state and Commonwealth governments and the local Aboriginal Yorta Yorta people.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource is highly valuable due to its relevance to the Biological science sub-strand in years 7 and 9. This video shows how human regulation of river flows has impacted on ecosystem health and how science informs the management of environmental flows to restore these ecosystems. It is also valuable for the Geographical Knowledge and Understanding strand in years 7 and 9 in that it shows some of the benefits of flooding for ecological health and the environmental impacts of altering river flow for human uses.
  • This resource is highly valuable in relation to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority because it examines both the history of Aboriginal life in the forests and the contemporary role that the Yorta Yorta people play in the management of the forests and wetlands. This video is also valuable for the sustainability cross-curriculum priority in that it shows how life forms are connected in these ecosystems.
Year level

7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Murray-Darling Basin Authority
  • Organization: Murray-Darling Basin Authority
  • Address: ACT, AUSTRALIA
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  • Publisher
  • Name: Murray-Darling Basin Authority
  • Organization: Murray-Darling Basin Authority
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: ACT, AUSTRALIA
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  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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Learning Resource Type
  • Video
  • Copyright 2013 MDBA. This material is licensed under a Creative Commons CC BY licence