A film promoting more water flows for the Moorabool River will have its world premiere in Ballarat on Saturday 26th June.  There will be another launch in Geelong on Saturday the 3rd of July.  


“the River Moorabool” was made by People for A Living Moorabool (PALM) and Sheoaks Films.  It features local landowners, scientists, and healthy river advocates, as well a spectacular and wide-ranging views of the Moorabool river valley and catchment.


Cameron Steele, the coordinator of PALM, says that the health of the Moorabool River and its wildlife are being damaged because so much of the river’s water is taken for human use or not allowed to get into the river.  

“By the time, the Moorabool reaches the Barwon at Geelong, about 90% of its original natural flow has been trapped in water authority reservoirs and farm dams, and taken from groundwater.”


“the River Moorabool” explores the consequences of this dramatic demand for the catchment’s water, especially in the face of climate change.  Interviewees call for alternative water supplies for Ballarat and Geelong to reduce the pressure on the Moorabool so more water can flow down the river.  Cameron Steele wants investigation of: the recycling and reuse of urban run-off and waste water; and, desalination.


The film encourages citizens to ‘get stroppy’ and tell their politicians that ruining the Moorabool is not acceptable.  


You can watch the official trailer for “the River Moorabool” on the internet @ https://vimeo.com/349830144


The Age Newspaper on the 17th of June publish an article about the film which can be found here:



“the River Moorabool” will be shown in:

Ballarat on Saturday 26 June from 7pm 

at the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute, 117-119 Sturt St, 


Geelong on Saturday 3 July from 7pm 

at the Peter Thwaites Lecture Theatre, 

Deakin University, Waurn Ponds Campus.  


Tickets ($16.50 each) are available from Eventbrite – see eventbrite.com.au or scan the Ballarat or Geelong flow code using your mobile phone:


Each screening of “the River Moorabool” will be followed by a panel discussion.  Screenings are planned for Bannockburn and Ballan.


Ballarat launch - https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-river-moorabool-ballarat-tickets-156201403603



Geelong launch - https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-river-moorabool-geelong-tickets-156033350953


Film posters below.

Morrabool River Film Poster Ballarat



Morrabool River Film Poster Geelong