Are you a passionate emerging leader living in the Murray-Darling Basin?
Join the Rivers Fellowship program and develop practical skills to campaign for healthy rivers!
You'll learn strategy, messaging, lobbying, advocacy and community organising so you can run local campaigns in your area.
Find out more about the 2018 fellowship
The Australian Conservation Foundation is partnering with the Lifeblood Alliance to train community leaders to run campaigns and empower their local communities to advocate for a healthy Murray-Darling Basin.
We're looking to farmers, scientists, Traditional Owners, local businesses and leaders in the Basin to hold the long view, stand up to vested interests and make sure our rivers can keep flowing through our vast dry land.
The 2017 River Fellows are emerging as leaders in their communities and leveraging key moments in the campaign to galvanise local support.
We are now calling for the next group of leaders to step up in 2018 and carry this campaign forward.
During the Rivers Fellowship, you'll learn practical skills to impact policy decisions and shape the public conversation on how to look after the rivers in our Basin.
We will skill you up and support you to run local campaigns in your area including community organising, media, mobilising tactics, events, lobbying decision makers and mobilising people in your community to come to Canberra to meet with your elected representatives.
This retreat focuses on how we can build people power to stand up for our rivers, including:
At this retreat, you will explore:
This retreat focuses on how we can mobilise grassroots advocates to influence decision makers, including:
During the Rivers Fellowship, you will recruit teams from your local community to come to the Water Week Summit in Canberra. At the summit, communities from across the Basin will lobby decision makers to fix Australia's water policy and protect our rivers.
The summit is also the fellowship graduation – a time to reflect, celebrate and make plans for what comes next in your local community campaign for our rivers.
Places are limited. Participants will be selected for the Rivers Fellowship based on:
Curious? Any questions?
Check out these FAQs and see what the 2017 River Fellows got up to.
Come to an information night online or in person.
You can also book a time to chat with Beth at a time that works for you or email [email protected].
To change the story about the Murray-Darling Basin and fix the system, we must build connected and active community power.
So let's get on with it!
If you have any questions, check out these FAQs, book a time to talk to ACF community organiser Bethany Koch or email [email protected]