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.

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.

Take Action

Read the latest news and find out how you can help ensure a healthy Murray-Darling Basin.

News | 30 August 18

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

State governments need to lift their game if the Basin Plan is going to deliver the benefits promised to the environment and communities.

News | 01 August 18

"People who care need to fight for our waterways"

Jenny George talks about the changes she has seen along the Cockburn River over her lifetime.

News | 11 July 18

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

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

News | 29 May 18

"Aboriginal people feel lost without their rivers"

Brendan Kennedy, a Traditional Owner raised on Tati Tati country, talks about cultural flows

News | 07 May 18

Cut to Murray-Darling water recovery targets reckless

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

News | 04 May 18

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

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.

News | 01 May 18

May Day action for the Murray

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

Tell Tony Burke and David Littleproud to secure enough water for communities and wildlife across the Murray-Darling Basin
News | 15 February 18

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

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

News | 14 February 18

Senate protects Murray-Darling water recovery

Proposed water recovery cuts would have been devastating for the Darling River system and communities downstream of Bourke.