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The Yarrowee: Uncovering the secrets of the Ballarat River | Session 3

April 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The Yarrowee: Uncovering the secrets of the Ballarat River

BMI Twilight Talks are back! The series is hosted by Prue Bentley.

Prue Bentley

Session 3

How people power is protecting local waterways

Jeff Rootes

Jeff is one of the original convenors of the Friends of Canadian Corridor. In 2012 the large Canadian Forest Blue Gum plantation was going to be removed and the land handed back to the State Government for sale. The convenors saw the opportunity to imagine a different outcome and developed, with the community, the case for a Multi-use Forest Park. That vision and success of the Friends led to the establishment of the Woowookarung Regional Park in 2016. Since the establishment of the Park, Jeff has been secretary of the Friends of Canadian Corridor – an organisation that is now approaching 1000 friends. Jeff lives in Canadian on a small property and is a former teacher.

Jeff Rootes, Secretary of the Friends of Canadian Corridor and the Bunanyung Landscape Aliance

Nick McKinley | Leigh Catchment Landcare Group

Celebrating Landcare in the Yarrowee and Leigh River Catchments. This presentation will provide a snap shot of what activities Landcare Groups are currently undertaking in our catchments, and provide some examples of some of our successful projects.


The bar in the Humffray Room (level 4) will be open from 5pm.

Tickets | Session cost

The session cost is $8 per person BMI members | $12 per person general bookings.

Win a double pass to this Season’s Twilight Talks


What do you love about our Yarrowee River?

We’re collecting stories, pictures, and memories of life on and by the Yarrowee River for our latest series of Twilight Talks, focussing on this important local waterway.

Post your story or picture below, send a message to the BMI Facebook inbox, or complete the form below.

Each week from 10th April we’ll give away a double pass to that week’s talk.

So tell us your tales, and share your pictures!

Artwork Image: Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute | Max Harris Image Collection  | Albert Hall, 1953 | MH1615

Alfred Hall, 1953 | MH1615


April 27
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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