Channel Country to the City

Traditional Owners of the Lake Eyre Basin are working hard to protect Country and culture from the threats posed by inappropriate gas developments. Join us in Brisbane to celebrate the rich and living connections between First Nations cultural heritage and nature conservation – and why both are so important.

Join us to learn what makes the Channel Country so special to its Traditional Owners and the local community, and why we need to protect the great free-flowing rivers that sustain this living landscape.

Public consultation is now open on the future of destructive oil and gas developments in the precious Channel Country’s rivers and floodplains. We need you now, more than ever!

Come hear from Traditional Owners, scientists, and the campaign team about why it’s so important to protect these precious rivers and floodplains – and what you can do to save their future.

Our special guest speakers

Traditional Owners of the Lake Eyre Basin led by Tracey Hough, Chair of Mithaka Aboriginal Corporation. They will speak about the significance of the great rivers of the Lake Eyre Basin to maintaining culture and connection – a relationship that extends over 50,000 years – and their aspirations to see the waterways protected.

Professor Richard Kingsford (UNSW), a world-renowned river ecologist who has conducted extensive research on the rivers of the Lake Eyre Basin which he describes as the “world’s greatest remaining free-flowing desert river system”. Professor Kingford will be sharing findings from his recent research that exposed the negative impacts of oil and gas mining on the Lake Eyre Basin’s internationally significant wetlands, featured last year on the ABC’s 7.30 Report.

Dr Michael Westaway (UQ), bioarchaeologist who has been working closely with the Channel Country’s Mithaka people to unearth globally significant cultural sites including some of the world’s largest stone arrangements and earliest human histories of sophisticated networks of trade and economies.

Catering and special requirements

After the panel we’ll be providing free appetizers and beverages. If you have any special dietary requirements, please email April at by Tuesday 15 August at the latest.