In the Swan Hill region we're incredibly lucky to live in the midst of 5 rivers, and on one of the longest rivers in the world - the Mighty Murray River, which has had, and continues to have it's share of environmental struggles like black water, salinity, European carp etc. These are truly magnificent natural resources we have here, which allows the production of some of the finest foods in the world in our fruit & vegetable domestic and export markets and our growing nut exports further downstream. I do believe it's important to teach our young people the importance of such brilliant rivers and how to look after themselves when around it, and how to nurture the longevity of the river itself. So taking my boys out on the river is such an important exercise in so many ways. For the grandson's it was all about fun and fishing. Result of 1 hour fishing = 16 e European carp and loads of smiles and fun had by all.
The best thing about it was of course the passing on of my knowledge. It's almost like it was the first time I realized I was the elder in the group, and passing on my stories, teachings and rules about the river. But if we can all pass on the knowledge we have acquired about respect for the river, the rules and enjoying the outdoors, well we might just have passed on something more valuable than we can ever imagine to future generations, and that, my friends is truly one of life's greatest, free gifts.