The magnificence of the Darling River really has to be seen to be believed.
Nearly 1500 kilometres in length, it becomes Australia's longest river system when it runs into the Murray at Wentworth in NSW.
Its basin exists across state boundaries and is the lifeblood of communities in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia. It stretches across an area roughly three times the size of Germany.
But the Darling is dying. Its poor health is a result of over-allocation of waters to northern irrigators, polluting runoff, and years of drought.
The Forgotten River documentary (found above) is a collaboration from Canberra Times photographer Dion Georgopulous and national reporter John Hanscombe during a trip to Outback NSW to listen to the stories of the people of the Darling, or the Barka, as First Nations people know it. The video was edited by ACM group video journalist Emma Horn.
Throughout 2019, the Darling River ceased to flow in many locations, leaving communities that rely on its flow at a loss.
Thankfully, increased rainfall recently has improved the river's flow and its overall health.
After harrowing scenes of fish kills across Menindee's lakes in 2019-2020, the lake system has now reached 100 per cent capacity.
It's an encouraging sign for the river system, but those who live on its banks are very aware, no amount of wishing will ever break the reality that bad times could arrive without warning.
Listen to their story in their own words with our Voice of Real Australia podcast series.
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