Event: Catchment Conversations- Healthy Waterways on farms

September 28, 2023

Event Description

Time & Date: 8:30am- 5pm, Friday 6th October 2023.  

Location: Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, Peter Thwaites Lecture Theatre, 75 Pigdons Road Waurn Ponds, VIC 3216.

Join us for a morning of presentations about values, what to look for and how to manage for healthy waterways with Professor Ian Rutherfurd (Director of Research at Alluvium and Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne) on historical management of rivers in the Corangamite region, including how and why rivers change, Honorary Associate Professor John Sherwood on nutrient runoff and stock management, and many others. Visit a farm with a recently completed river restoration project and learn about the challenges and benefits of completing this work.

Learn about:

  • Indigenous cultural values and stories of waterways
  • Geomorphology, how and why rivers move and change
  • In-stream habitat for native fish
  • Riparian buffers, reducing nutrient runoff and improving stock management
  • Native plants and how to source from local nurseries
  • Common riparian weeds - how to identify and control them
  • Before/during/after a river restoration project, see a project in action
  • Historic river management and managing erosion
  • Hear from the landholder on the challenges and benefits of completing a restoration project
  • Opportunity for Q&A with CMA and landholder about incentives program 

Morning tea and lunch provided.

Registration: This is a free event.  

Register for one or both components using the links below:

Frequently Asked Questions

The morning of presentations will be held at the Peter Thwaites Lecture Theatre, on Alfred Deakin Drive, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds campus. The Waurn Ponds campus address is 75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria. Please park in car park 3 (indicated on the map above), accessed via Nicol Drive South from the main entrance. Please note that a parking permit is required. Purchase a parking permit by downloading the CellOPark mobile app, or create a CellOPark account here CellOPark - Home with a valid debit or credit card, then use your smartphone, computer or call 9111 1799 to start and end a parking permit session. Parking cost is $1.60 per hour or $6.40 per day. You will only be charged for the parking time you use.”


Yes, the morning of presentations in the lecture theatre at Deakin University is fully wheelchair accessible. There are two accessible parking spaces directly out the front of the lecture theatre. Unfortunately, the afternoon field tour is not fully accessible, as it involves moderate walking on uneven terrain.

Please park your car in car park 3 (indicated on the map above) accessed via Nicol Drive South from the main entrance. Please note that a parking permit is required. Parking cost is $6.40 per day. There is a ticket machine located on Nicol Drive South (indicated on the map above). Alternatively, you can purchase a permit by downloading the CellOPark mobile app. You’ll need to create an account before you can park.

Yes, there is a Public Transport Victoria (PTV) bus stop at Deakin University, on Alfred Deakin Drive. The bus stop is about 200m from the lecture theatre. Please use the PTV website or app to plan your journey.

Yes, tea and coffee, morning tea, and lunch will be provided. There is also a café opposite the lecture theatre on campus where you can purchase a barista-made coffee.

Yes, please feel free to attend both morning and afternoon sessions. If you are attending both, please register with both links. Please note the field tour in the afternoon is capped at 50 people.

Please bring suitable footwear for walking a moderate distance over uneven terrain, a hat, sunscreen, and a water bottle, and anything else you may need. We will be getting on the bus at 1:50pm at Deakin University and will return to Deakin University by 5pm. If you are only attending the afternoon field tour, please arrive 15 minutes beforehand to allow time to park your car at CP3 (please see map above). The bus will leave from outside the lecture theatre.

Please do not attend the event if you feel unwell with any cold or flu-like symptoms.

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T: 1800 002 262

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