Australian Heritage Commission, 1998
ISBN 0 6425 4590 1
A number of the photographs used in this publication appeared in 'Our Wild Rivers' National Photographic Exhibition* which toured Australia in 1996-97. This exhibition comprised 108 photographs selected from entries in a national photographic competition run by the Australian Heritage Commission in 1995-96 to raise awareness about Australia's wild rivers. Entrants were invited to submit photographs of rivers they considered met the criteria for the term `wild' as follows:
Wild rivers are found in a variety of Australian landscapes. These rivers are relatively undisturbed by the impacts of modern development. Biological and hydrological processes continue without major interference in the catchments of these undammed rivers. They may be permanent or seasonal streams, or arid watercourses which flow only occasionally.
Indigenous Australians have had strong associations with these rivers for thousands of years. They have been used as travel routes, sources of food and spiritual attachment. The importance of many as religious and ceremonial sites continues. The Wild Rivers Project, undertaken by the Australian Heritage Commission and Environment Australia with the assistance of relevant State and Territory agencies and a broad range of stakeholders, has included the national identification of wild rivers. The rivers photographed in the illustrations included in this volume have not necessarily been identified as wild rivers by the method adopted by the Wild Rivers Project.
Photographs of rivers on front cover by Peter Canty.
*Photographs marked were entries in 'Our Wild Rivers' National Photographic Exhibition.