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From My backyard To The Sea
From my backyard to the sea! In march 2020 I departed from my backyard paddling down the Yea River, three weeks in covid lockdowns turned me around. I march 2022 I departed again with a strong desire to paddle all the way to the ocean!
I knew that this small river that I grew up by, learnt to swim and paddle in flowed into the ocean. I had always dreamed to follow the rivers myself to the ocean and experience where the water flowed, and to see a segment of the Murray-Darling Basin; Australia’s greatest water catchment.
Three months floated by as I journeyed down the Yea, Goulburn and Murray rivers. On my way to the ocean I passed weirs and locks, vast River Redgum forests, towns great and small, houseboats, platypus, limestone cliffs and so much amazing river country.
This was a river pilgrimage, a journey down some of the most signifcant water courses on this continet and a life changing adventure.
Precious Plastic Murrindindi
Precious Plastic Murrindindi Is a small-scale recycling business that aims to prevent plastic from entering the local environment and landfills. Therefore, reducing the amount of micro plastic released in Murrindindi.
By collecting post-consumer waste and conducting clean up days, Precious Plastic Murrindindi will turn plastic waste into new and useful products! Like surfboard fins and pot plants!
Precious Plastic Murrindindi is still in its early stages but growing fast. With the recycling machines nearly complete and plastic collection already begun we hope to be recycling plastic, running clean-up days and producing products by Spring 2022.
Please consider donating to our fundrasier to help get Precious Plastic Murrindindi up and running, recycling plastic and making an meaningful impact right here in Murrindindi!
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After arriving in Wellington Thursday afternoon, I had to wait until Monday for an appropriate weather window to cross the Murray lakes. Lake Alexandrina is one of Australia's largest inland water bodies and can become treacherous, even with a small amount of wind....
I had set up just in time for a powerful front to charge through bringing heavy rain and intense wind, my tarp, that I was sheltering under flapped like it had been loosely fitted to a trailer flying down the highway. Pegs were flung out of the ground and I scrambled around trying to maintain my shelter.
At Morgan the river turns south, leaving its general westerly heading that it has been following for thousands of kilometres from the river’s headwaters in Kosciuszko National Park. Tectonic activity millions of years ago caused the river to be diverted south along the Morgan fault.
From Renmark, I began to travel further into South Australia, and this was reflected in the landscape. The sandstone cliffs of ever-varying earthy tones continued appearing along the edges of the water; often pinballing the river from side to side off ancient river valleys.
I would often drift away from the putt putts, losing myself in thoughts and awe as the rugged and beautiful bush flowed past my eyes. I would then round a bend and be confronted by sheer cliffs of desert red and brown earth, crumbling with countless years of erosion and sun scorching.
A rare barista coffee and bagel started my day in Swanhill, before launching my boat and paddling away from this urban landscape. Feeling clean and fueled by town food, I set out paddling solo and eager to return to the sparsely populated river realm I had become accustomed to.
There is a lovely feeling about paddling in the rain, the water drops falling from the sky bounce off the surface tension and the movement of air cast patterns across the water. It is peaceful and the solitude increases, the veil of water that now surrounds you holds you present to the place.
From Goulburn Weir (the dam that forms Lake Nagambie), the River that flows out, I refer to it as the Lower Goulburn, whether this is technically true, I’m unsure. However, there is a distinct change in character; the banks are much higher, the water swirls slowly around snags, flowing down the constantly meandering riverbed and the trees on the banks are old and gnarled with age and weathering.
Arriving at Murchison East, I found Leigh camped by the river, in amongst some young river red gums, with a hammock strung up and his feet all muddy. This was to be the state of our feet for the next little while as a release from the weir had covered everything by the banks in silt. We embodied our inner mud gremlin.
The Yea River Project
‘The Yea River Project’ is a regeneration project for the Yea river catchment. The project will connect and engage community with the local environment, and give people the opportunity to learn about and enhance the riverine environment along the Yea River.
The Yea River Project will include a series of events within the catchment and will encourage the collaboration of community members, environment groups and school students to participate in revegetation, tree planting, interpretive signage creation and installation, and more. The project will enhance the health and awareness of the Yea river catchment while creating better access and ecotourism potential along the river.
About Leigh Redding and Nature Euphoria
Leigh is on a journey; born in the rivers and mountains. Meandering through the late Anthropocene and wandering from billabongs to concrete jungles, exploring the amazing planet we call our home; Earth. Leigh is an adventurer, naturalist and environmentalist with the desire to share the amazing places he goes, engage with the incredible people he meets along the way, and spread a message of sustainable living and adventure through connecting to the natural world around us.
Leigh is an outdoor educator and wilderness guide by trade. He created Nature Euphoria as a means to reach out to communities, share and build ideas of sustainability and a culture of creating experiences which connects us back to the natural world.
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