Waterkeepers Australia has 18 members, located in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. Its mission aims to inspire Australians to restore and keep their waterways healthy. Waterkeepers Australia sets as its vision a national community of local Waterkeepers actively protecting and restoring waterways for all living things to enjoy.
Waterkeepers Australia is part of the international network of Waterkeepers. The Waterkeeper Alliance is the international centre of a network of Waterkeeper programs. The Alliance approves new Waterkeeper programs, licenses the use of the Waterkeeper names, represents the individual Waterkeepers on issues of national interest, and serves as a meeting place for all the Waterkeepers to exchange information, strategy and know-how. The Alliance and its member Waterkeeper groups meet at least once a year, rotating between regions, and communicates regularly in the interim.
The Waterkeeper Family of Names
The Waterkeeper program names, such as “Riverkeeper,” “Lakekeeper,” “Baykeeper,” “Coastkeeper” and others, are synonymous with effective community action. The effort, both to promote and to protect these names, has been organised and intentional. We have protected the names under federal trademark law.
By protecting the names we can prevent their misuse. As a result, we require users to obtain a trademark license from us and meet standards of performance to ensure the Waterkeeper family of names is used in a way consistent with our mission. Our goal is to ensure that anytime you see a Waterkeeper name, you will know that the user is part of Waterkeeper Alliance and adheres to our standards and advocacy philosophy, has explicit permission to use the name and has signed a license to do so.