Swan Hill, Victoria
Home of the Murray cod
Swan Hill is located on the Murray River, 344 km north-west of Melbourne, at the eastern edge of the Mallee area, north-western Victoria. It is famous for the giant Murray cod. The Murray River extends 2530 km from north-eastern Victoria to the coast of South Australia, making it one of the longest navigable rivers in the world with a catchment area covering 14 per cent of the continent.
In Swan Hill we also met up with a number of schools from Tasmania who had made the journey across Bass Strait. The resulting mix of lyrics was always going to be interesting. Both songs capture what is important to young people, especially their ambitions and dreams for the future. The second song is pretty surreal - read the lyrics!
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Morganics tells the group what they are about to do. Each group had its own challenges and their own stories to tell.
Finton (at right) gets some footage while WireMC starts writing up the ideas for lyrics. Morganics used a question and answer approach to getting students thinking about the place and communities they live in and the story they wanted to tell.
The students across the country shared similar concerns about their future and were very generous in letting us know their thoughts and opinions.