The film explains the many issues facing our local river, which is regarded as the most flow stressed in the State, but also showcases some of the beautiful gorge country it winds through.


"Shed a few tears watching a spectacular film "The River Moorabool" tonight - such an incredible eye-opening composition. What western agriculture, nearby subdivisions, increased extraction, and diversions for limestone mining have done to this natural wonder is atrocious. Whose doors do we need to knock on to sort this mess out?" Belinda Maloney - Geelong Local Councillor for Kardinia Ward

"Oh my goodness Stephen Oakes, what a triumph! Your artful filmmaking led us on a journey of informing, understanding, showing broad perspectives and offering options for action. The way you carried us beyond the facts, figures and talking heads into a feeling of love and connection for the beautiful river and earth itself had me also deeply moved. Lisa Singline's beautiful song at the end summarized it all. This is such an important film for our time, and could even be a catalyst for action to move beyond the old model of using rivers for water supply, a model that is SO last century! Recycling town's runoff water --- who knew that could be a THING?! Bless you Stephen Oakes for sharing your hundreds of hours of sensitive artistry for the benefit of Moorabool River." Barbara Cook