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The Macquarie Marshes desperately need more water

News | 05 December 18

"People who care need to speak out for our waterways"

News | 01 August 18

"Aboriginal people feel lost without their rivers"

News | 29 May 18

Keep the lifeblood for our wildlife, farms and cities flowing

The mighty Murray-Darling Basin is Australia’s largest and most heavily exploited river system. Its wetlands and waterways are the traditional homelands of 40 Indigenous nations, and the last refuge for many threatened species. Fish, birds, farms, communities and cities all depend on its water.

The Murray-Darling Basin Plan reconnects our river with its floodplains and makes sure there’s enough river water to flow all the way from the Great Dividing Range to the sea. It will lead to healthier rivers and wetlands, wildlife, water tables, and soil. But having a plan is one thing; making our governments follow and implement it is another.

Right now, a few rogue irrigators and their political backers are lobbying hard against the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

They’re trying to erode it, bit by bit, so they can rig the rules and take more than their fair share of river water.

It's time to turn this around.

Some useful reading:

Restoring Our Lifeblood Report
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No More Delays to MD Basin Plan
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Stick to the plan

It’s time for people who care across the basin to come together and keep the pressure on our governments to finish what they started.

It’s time for Prime Minister Turnbull to step up and make sure everyone sticks to the rules in the Basin Plan. That means saying no to the rogue irrigators and cashed-up lobbyists and delivering the Basin Plan – on time and in full. 

If we do it right, we will be able to keep swimming and fishing in our rivers – and the mighty Murray will flow all the way to the sea.

Farms and fields will be green and gold and our rivers will support life and communities right across the basin for generations to come. Wetlands will croak with once-endangered frogs. Brolgas and rare Australasian bitterns will wade through swamps, and our rivers will teem with spawning native fish.

Let's keep the river in the river!

@TurnbullMalcolm, it's time to follow through on the fair water plan that has been a decade in the making.

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The Macquarie Marshes desperately need more water

News | 05 December 18

ACF response to Productivity Commission draft five-year assessment of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan

News | 30 August 18

"People who care need to speak out for our waterways"

News | 01 August 18

Lifeblood Alliance statement: Transparency and the Murray-Darling Basin Plan

News | 11 July 18

The health and resilience of the rivers, wetlands and lakes in the Basin continue to degrade under the current governance structures.

"Aboriginal people feel lost without their rivers"

News | 29 May 18

Cut to Murray-Darling water recovery targets reckless

News | 07 May 18

ACF will continue to work with people across the basin to insist on the restoration of our rivers, wetlands and communities.

Basin Plan water recovery cut should be deferred until proper scrutiny is ensured

News | 04 May 18

The move to reduce the Southern Basin environmental water recovery target by 605 billion litres is highly premature and environmental reckless and should be deferred.

May Day action for the Murray

News | 01 May 18

Farmers, fishers, environmentalists, artists and other local community members will gather at the Murray Mouth on May Day to send an SOS to Canberra ahead of a crucial vote. 

Give our thirsty rivers a proper drink

NSW Government’s Murray-Darling Basin Plan withdrawal threat shows it’s in bed with big irrigators

News | 15 February 18

NSW must implement the Basin Plan in full and on time, protect water for rivers and stop dodgy dealings on the Murray-Darling