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Rotary Murray-Darling School of Freshwater Research

  Rotary Murray-Darling School of Freshwater Research


The main purpose of the Rotary Murray-Darling School of Freshwater Research (RMDSFR) is to enable students who live in and around the Murray-Darling Basin to experience activities that are inherent in the fields of freshwater research, conservation and the environment. The School has attracted students from secondary schools in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the ACT. Approximately 530 students have participated in the School since 1996.

Who is eligible?

Year 11 students

When is it on?

8-13 April 2015. Check us out on Facebook -

Where is it held?

MDFRC Wodonga and Wonga Wetlands with students staying at the The Scots School Albury.

How much does it cost?

Each student needs to engage with their local Rotary club to seek sponsorship for $450 which covers all expenses during the week. It is the responsibility of students to arrange transportation at their own cost to Albury-Wodonga. The Rotary Club of Albury will arrange billeting if required on arrival or departure, for more information regarding billeting please contact MDFRC staff on 02 6024 9650.

How does it work?

The students work in teams for six days. One of the aims of the School is to introduce students to the process of scientific investigation and the role that research plays in living in a sustainable environment. By combining problem solving activities with intensive support and advice from staff from the three institutions, MDFRC, La Trobe University and Charles Sturt University, the students gain a realistic and fun introduction to freshwater ecology, conservation and the environment.

Students, working with staff and mentors will undergo field trips, lectures and demonstrations at a number of locations. Participants will work at the outdoor research site of the MDFRC, at Wonga Wetlands, near the River Murray, which is operated by Albury City, as well as visiting the Norske Skog Albury paper mill which utilises up to 55% recycled fibre and recycles around 160,000 tonnes of old newspapers and magazines each year.

The concluding highlight of the six-day RMDSFR is the presentation of their findings by each group to a meeting of scientists and Rotarians, further enhancing the students' communication and teamwork skills. The participants also complete the RMDSFR with a greater understanding of the role of scientists, their methods and the place of scientific research in Australian society.

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For more information contact: Rochelle Petrie on 02 6024 9650 or Rosie Busuttil on 02 60249690 or Email:

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