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Rivers of Carbon "Riparian Retreat" - Tharwa, ACT

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10 Apr 2018 - 10:30am
The Rivers of Carbon "Riparian Retreat" is a three day retreat spent with ‘people who know stuff’ examining the many reasons why riparian restoration produces multiple benefits. 
Time will be spent exploring river form and function, ecological recovery, protecting and creating native fish habitat, stakeholder engagement, the wider social context within which we work, and community involvement.
The retreat will take the shape of a mix of formal presentations, river ‘walk and talks’ and full day field trip (including canoe/kayak trip into Bredbo Gorge).
Further information and registration is available via the website.
When: 10 - 12th of April 2018
Where: Cuppacumbalong Homestead, Tharwa, Murrumbidgee River, ACT
Cost: $1,350 + GST
The cost includes accommodation (bell tents sleeping 4-5 people, male and females separated) in comfort and style, beds, linen, fully catered.
Riparian Retreat is limited to 25 people and registration is on a first in basis.
Day One
Starting at 10.30, we will mix up time spent in the ‘classroom’ with time out on the river. This stretch of river has a range of restoration issues to discuss including bank stabilisation, woody weeds, cultural heritage, community expectations and fish habitat. 
We will be joined for dinner by participants in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leaders Program Coaching Workshop called ‘Milparanga’ (which means Watching over in Mithaka language). ‘Milparanga’ has been designed to enable participants to co-develop a coaching and mentoring strategy to transform Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership across Australia.
Presenters for Day One: Dean Jard, Ali Wass, Ian Rutherfurd, Ross Thompson, Siwan Lovett and Lori Gould.
Day Two
Start at 8.30am and jump on the bus to head to Scottsdale Reserve where Bush Heritage Australia will host us for a day of exploration. Scottsdale protects endangered grassy box woodlands and temperate grasslands. It also harbours many rare birds, animals, fish and reptiles. Wrapped around Scottsdale’s northern and western flanks is the Murrumbidgee River, which cascades over natural rock weirs, through deep tree-fringed pools and around river-sculpted rocks. Scottsdale is a Rivers of Carbon site with plenty to see.
We will start in the woolshed and then head down the property alongside the Gungoandra Creek, with stops along the way to look at restoration and fish passage efforts. We will then have lunch on the river, and spend the afternoon exploring Bredbo Gorge from up high on the ridge to along the water in dinghys and kayaks. We end day two back at the Cuppacumbalong Homestead for a BBQ.
Presenters for Day Two: Phil Palmer, Antia Brademann, Mark Lintermans, Ian Rutherfurd and Siwan Lovett.
Day Three
Our final day begins at 9.00am with a recap of what we have learnt and a look at the social, economic and environmental context within which we need to operate as water and NRM managers. We will focus on how to translate our science and technical understanding into ways that are meaningful for people, and have a go at writing some stories about our experiences of the last few days. 
The Rivers of Carbon team will be your presenters for our final day, with large and small group activities ensuring that questions are answered, experiences are rewarding, and people leave the workshop feeling inspired and reinvigorated. We will finish at 12.30pm for lunch, leaving participants plenty of time to get home.
Presenters for Day Three: Siwan Lovett, Lori Gould, Antia Brademann and Mary Bonet.

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