The River Murray is the lifeblood of South Australia; it provides water for industry, livestock, irrigation, homes, parks and gardens. The River and its’ tributaries, wetlands, floodplains, shorelines and banks are home to many mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish and insects. There is one other creature that calls the river its home, Bazza the Bunyip!
Bazza the Bunyip is an Ambassador for the River Murray and all of the wetland and riverine environments in South Australia. Bazza has reemerged this year to connect with locals and visitors in the Riverland and Murraylands regions, reinforcing the message – Don’t Muck up the Murray!
Along with his message, he has some tips on how to keep our SA waterways beautiful:
Don’t drop litter in the water
Cigarette butts, bottle tops, plastic bags and lines and hooks can be mistaken for food, or can choke and kill an animal.
Respect the River
It is important to not only respect the river, but its users too. Watch your wake and help protect the riverbank, manage your black/grey water correctly, and refuel on land. Did you know 1 litre of oil can contaminate 1 million litres of water!
Always use a bin or take your rubbish home with you
Litter dropped in the street, at campgrounds or buried in the riverbanks, can still make it’s way into the river. Not to mention an apple core can take 1 – 2 months to breakdown, a plastic bottle – 450 years, and an Aluminium can more than 1 million years! Check out some more litter breakdown facts here.
Take care of the surrounding environment
The riverine environment is home to many plants and animals. Take care of it; moor your boat in designated areas, do not remove wood or chop trees for firewood, don’t introduce pest species, only camp in designated or approved areas and keep your campfires contained (never use river rocks though!).
Here are some of our favourite river spots in SA.