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

Actual reform needed to save the Murray-Darling

News | 24 April 19

Buying back water licences from willing sellers still the best way to restore rivers

News | 10 April 19

Government asleep at the wheel while more scientists highlight climate change impact on Murray-Darling

News | 22 February 19

Academy of Science’s Murray-Darling review sounds another warning about the need for urgent change

News | 18 February 19

ACF welcomes move to remove cap on water buybacks

News | 12 February 19

Murray-Darling Basin Plan must comply with the Water Act and address climate change

News | 31 January 19

Sign the petition to demand an independent EPA to protect our rivers


More fish will die if we don’t end industry-dominated approach to management of Murray-Darling

News | 11 January 19

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