Videos

education@MDBA feature a number of short and medium length educational video productions suitable for use in the classroom or at home. Topics covered include the water cycle, history of water management in the Murray–Darling Basin, Basin biodiversity, wetlands, MDBA careers and Indigenous perspectives on water management.

Water: how much do we have to share around?

Water: how much do we have to share around?

This powtoon explores the volume of water on earth, and explains why managing our use of this resource is such a big issue, especially in the Murray-Darling Basin. (Years 5-8)

Water scarcity

Water scarcity

This powtoon explores the volume of water on earth, why managing use of this resources is a big issue in the Murray-Darling Basin, and how communities and the environment benefit when water is managed well. (Years 9-adult)

Meet our Geeks

Meet our Geeks

Staff at the MDBA are passionate about their work. Meet our Geeks is a series of short video clips where you can get to know some of our staff, find out what they love about their work and what led them to where they are today. View the Meet our Geeks videos.

What have we got here? With Dr. Dave

What have we got here? With Dr. Dave

Dr Dave Watson from Charles Sturt University presents a number of environmental and natural resource management education videos 'What have we got here? … With Dr Dave'.

The 'Dr Dave' series was an initiative of the Murray–Darling Association and Burrumbuttock Public School. In addition to the MDBA, the videos were generously supported and funded by the Murray Catchment Management Authority; Caring For Our Country; Landcare NSW; Communities in Landscape, and the NAB Schools First program.

A brief history of water use in the Murray–Darling Basin

A brief history of water use in the Murray–Darling Basin

To help understand the need for water reform in the Murray–Darling Basin, David Dreverman (Executive Director of River Management) gives a brief history of the Basin's water resources. Through this video he also explains how changes to the natural environment, combined with drought, have put our river systems under stress.

Hattah Lakes Storylines

Hattah Lakes Storylines

The Hattah lakes are an amazing place because of its significant biological richness and people's connection to the landscape.

Hattah Lakes Storylines is a project aimed at unearthing the stories of people's connections to the land.

How a fishway works

How a fishway works

Fishways are used in various rivers throughout the Murray–Darling Basin to enable fish to bypass physical barriers such as weirs. This animation explains the conceptual layout and use of a vertical-slot fishway.

River country spirit ceremony (Murrundi Ruwe Pangari Ringbalin)

River country spirit ceremony (Murrundi Ruwe Pangari Ringbalin)

Aboriginal peoples along the Murray–Darling rivers in South-Eastern Australia say their river is sick and their country is dying.

Ngarrindjeri Elder, Major Sumner, brought people together to dance and heal the spirit of the river for the River Country Spirit Ceremony.

Together they journey from Murra Murra to the Murray Mouth. Along the way they tell their stories about their river country.

A Long Way to Go

A Long Way to Go

This musical animation introduces Ebenezer 'Eb' Droppinson, and his sister Florence 'Flo', who fall from their rain cloud into the upper reaches of the Murrumbidgee River near the Snowy Mountains. They meet many friends who help them understand the importance of water and its many uses. From providing a habitat for wetland birds to growing food and fibre crops, water is the lifeblood of rural Australia.

Environmental Watering: Barmah–Millewa Forest

Environmental Watering: Barmah–Millewa Forest

The Barmah and Millewa forests are a vital part of the Murray River system and contain the largest river red gum forests in Australia, covering over 66,000 hectares. Learn about environmental water and the management of this icon site by watching the video here.

The Water Cycle

The water cycle in the Murray–Darling Basin

Learn how the water cycle works and contributes to the people, economy and environment of the Murray–Darling Basin. The Water Cycle in the Murray–Darling Basin video is an initiative of the Murray Darling Association, Burrumbuttock Public School, the Riverina and Murray Regional Group of Councils (RAMROC), and the Murray Catchment Management Authority.

A shared responsibility - Rochelle Patten

A shared responsibility - Rochelle Patten

Indigenous knowledge of the land is passed on from mother to daughter and a call is made for all people to work together for the health of the forest and river. This video forms part of the Gunbower-Koondrook-Perricoota Storylines project, an initiative of Environment Victoria.

Why we need water for the environment

Why we need water for the environment

Water is critical for the health of many ecosystems in the Murray–Darling Basin, including wetlands, floodplains, lakes and river red gum forests.

Many parts of the river have been declining over the past 30 years, floodplain ecosystems throughout the Murray–Darling Basin were pushed close to collapse. Environmental watering ensures that water quality is maintained, and rivers and wetlands are restored to health.