Love Stories of the Birrarung

Connecting humans and sharing stories of love for the river.

I acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation who are the traditional owners of the land on which I live and work and the Birrarung (Yarra) River in which I swim. Wilip-gin Birrarung murron. (Keep the Birrarung alive!)

A storytelling and community engagement project

Love Stories of the Birrarung will inspire Victorians to love their river. For what we love, we take care of.

In partnership with Yarra Riverkeeper Association, my co-author Christine McFetridge and I are on a journey to uncover the deeply human stories of both the well-known, and the little-known, champions for the river.

As a river swimmer, author, educator and creator of Love Stories of the Birrarung, I live on unceded Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Country. Christine is a settler New Zealander based on unceded Wadawurrung Country. Her practice-led PhD project attempts to unlearn settler colonial representations of the Birrarung.

Along the 242km length of the river from the source to the sea, we’ll be meeting interviewees at their special spot by the river to gather their story, hear how they’re caring for her, and their dreams for the future.

Journey with us as we gather these stories. Share them with your fellow river lovers and join the movement to inspire Victorians to fall in love with the river and restore her to health.

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