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The Darling River wends its way through 1500 kilometres of Australian Outback. To the Barkindji people of far western New South Wales, the river channel marks the course of the Naatji -- the rainbow serpent. It has sustained cultures and communities for thousands of years.

But the River is in danger, and the people along its course face an uncertain future. In a four part series Voice of Real Australia takes you up the Darling River, the Forgotten River, and introduces you to the people who are fighting for its life.

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The Darling River wends its way through 1500 kilometres of Australian Outback. To the Barkindji people of far western New South Wales, the river channel marks the course of the Naatji -- the rainbow serpent. It has sustained cultures and communities for thousands of years.

But the River is in danger, and the people along its course face an uncertain future. In a four part series Voice of Real Australia takes you up the Darling River, the Forgotten River, and introduces you to the people who are fighting for its life.

    What's killing our Snow Gums, and more stories from Voice of Real Australia

    What's killing our Snow Gums, and more stories from Voice of Real Australia

    The iconic Snow Gum is dying out. Scientists believe a beetle is killing off the trees in the Snowy Mountains and throughout the region. But it's not clear why, nor is how to stop it. If the snow gum were lost it would impact the alpine region's entire ecosystem. This story comes from the fortnightly podcast Voice of Real Australia. The award winning documentary podcast comes from the team behind the Forgotten River mini-series.

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    "What's killing our Snow Gums?" was originally released on February 18 2021.

    • 30 min
    Episode 1: Dead fish and an empty lake

    Episode 1: Dead fish and an empty lake

    The sudden death of over a million fish around the Menindee Lakes focused international attention on the plight of the Darling River. The dead fish are another sign of the peril the environment of the Lower Darling faces. In the first episode of Forgotten River, we explore what factors contributed to the mass fish kills and how they affected the ecology and communities along the Darling/Barka.

    To see photos, videos, and read more about the Darling visit https://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/forgotten-river/

    • 39 min
    Episode 2: Piggy in the middle

    Episode 2: Piggy in the middle

    Caught between thirsty cash croppers upstream and down, the people who live along the Darling/Barka are fighting a battle on two fronts. Years of drought and no flow events build an underlying stress and tension along the river, which is only relieved when flow is restored. In episode two of Forgotten River we meet the communities between Wentworth and Pooncarie who are tired of their environment and livelihoods being overlooked.

    To see photos, videos, and read more about the Darling visit https://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/forgotten-river/

    • 36 min
    Episode 3: Where will the river people go?

    Episode 3: Where will the river people go?

    The fate of the Barkindji is tied to the fate of the river - the Barka. When it is flowing, the mostly Aboriginal town of Wilcannia in the NSW Far West can practice its traditions again. But too often in recent years the river has ceased to flow, and the people of the river have suffered. As they say in town, when the river is up, the town is up. In episode three of Forgotten River, we introduce you to the people who have made their homes along this river for 40,000 years and who worry that if it dies, they'll go with it.

    To see photos, videos, and read more about the Darling visit https://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/forgotten-river/

    • 33 min
    Episode 4: There's money in mud

    Episode 4: There's money in mud

    It's been nearly a decade since the river at Kallara Station broke its banks and Justin McClure had to get around his property by boat. When there's no water in the river flowing past his house, Justin looks north. In the fourth and final episode of forgotten river we reach the top end of the Darling, quite literally at the Back of Bourke, next door to the cotton farmers blamed for syphoning off unsustainable levels of water into massive private dams.

    To see photos, videos, and read more about the Darling visit https://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/forgotten-river/

    • 36 min
    Introducing Forgotten River: An outback tragedy from September 16

    Introducing Forgotten River: An outback tragedy from September 16

    The Darling River wends its way through 1500 kilometres of Australian Outback. To the Barkindji people of far western New South Wales, the river channel marks the course of the Naatji -- the rainbow serpent. It has sustained cultures and communities for thousands of years.

    But the River is in danger, and the people along its course face an uncertain future.

    In this special mini-series, from September 16, Voice of Real Australia takes you up the Darling River, the Forgotten River, and introduces you to the people who are fighting for its life.

    • 1 min

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