Last night on the 26th of June a capacity crowd attended the Ballarat Mechanics Institute's Hall to watch the premier of the film “the River Moorabool”.
The film was a collaboration between People for A living Moorabool and She Oaks Films. It details the plight of what is arguably the most flow stressed river in Victoria. The event was organised by the Moorabool Landcare Group with any proceeds after expenses going to on-ground work along the river.
Described by one reviewer as “compelling, powerful and utterly beautiful and information rich” the film was widely applauded by those attending. A panel discussion followed involving a number of film's interviewees who fielded a range of questions from the audience.
The timing of the release of the film deliberately preempts the upcoming draft of the review of the State government's Gippsland and Central Region Water Strategy. It seeks to both inform and drive community support for a far better deal for the Moorabool River within the final strategy document.
PALM Coordinator Cameron Steele was especially heartened by the number of people who indicated their intention to support the campaign for more water to be left in this very special river.
“It has not only been those who have signed up on the night but also the phone calls and emails offering support which have poured in today.” he said.
“The momentum that has already gathered around this film has given our group a real shot in the arm and it will be up to all of us to ensure it makes a difference for the future of the Moorabool River.”
'the River Moorabool' will have its next screening in Geelong on the third of July. Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-river-moorabool-geelong-tickets-156033350953