Video TAR-RU: The story of Lake Victoria

TLF ID M019579

This 46 minute video explores the environmental and cultural impact of a dam on Lake Victoria in south western NSW and current efforts to protect the significant Aboriginal heritage and environmental values of the area. It provides a comprehensive historical case study about the Aboriginal culture at TAR-RU and the effect of European settlement on local Aboriginal people. This video demonstrates the value of collaborative approaches to managing the natural and cultural resources of Lake Victoria which involve graziers, water managers and Aboriginal people to devise new ways to address the degradation of this significant landscape.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource is highly valuable because of its relevance to content descriptions in the 'Landforms and landscapes' unit in the year 8 geography curriculum. It provides a rich case study about the cultural and spiritual value of Lake Victoria to Aboriginal people and the causes and effects of the building of the dam. This video also provides an excellent example of the value of collaborative approaches to protecting significant cultural heritage sites.
  • This resource is highly valuable due to its relevance to the 'Making a nation' depth study in the year 9 history curriculum. It explains the intended and unintended effects of European contact on local Barkindji people from first contact to the present.
  • This resource is highly valuable in relation to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority because it demonstrates the special connection to and responsibility to country of the Barkindji Nation at Lake Victoria. It is also valuable for the sustainability cross-curriculum priority in that it shows how the sustainable management of Lake Victoria relies on the interdependence of healthy social, economic and ecological systems.
Year level

7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12

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  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Murray-Darling Basin Authority
  • Organization: Murray-Darling Basin Authority
  • Address: ACT, AUSTRALIA
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  • Publisher
  • Name: Murray-Darling Basin Authority
  • Organization: Murray-Darling Basin Authority
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: ACT, AUSTRALIA
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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Learning Resource Type
  • Video
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