Bring the artist into the classroom

Today water levels are low in the Barka river at Wilcannia. Bates has been an activist who has promoted better management of the river systems.

Let's look together

Look closely at the lino prints by Bates. What plants and animals can you see? What else can you see?

Look at Life coming back to Moon Lake, Wilcannia by Bates. Are we looking at the river from above, like a bird would see it, or from the ground?

Look at a map of Australia and identify major waterways. How are they connected?

What animals rely on these rivers for survival? Research an extinct or endangered species in Australia. What can we do to prevent the species you have investigated from becoming extinct?

photo: Saul Steed.

Making and responding

Create a tribute for an extinct or endangered Australian animal