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Media releases

Mitta Mitta Flow Advice - 13 December 2017

Landholders and river users, including pumpers, on the Mitta Mitta River are advised to take into account the forecast releases of water from Dartmouth Dam and make any necessary adjustment to thei

5-year Basin Plan report card: Many positive results, but hard yards ahead - 13 December 2017

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority's (MDBA) progress report on implementation of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan shows the Basin Plan is working, but there is still much more we need to do.

Adjustment to Sustainable Diversion Limits in southern Basin recommended to Commonwealth Water Minister - 08 December 2017

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has recommended an adjustment of 605 gigalitres (GL) to the Sustainable Diversion Limits in the southern Basin to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister fo

MDBA and Independent Panel release Basin-wide compliance review - 25 November 2017

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority and Independent Panel have released their review into compliance matters across the Murray–Darling Basin.  The Review comprises two reports, one prepared by the M

Lock 9 closed for essential maintenance - 23 November 2017

Lock 9, which allows vessels to navigate at Cullulleraine on the River Murray, will be closed for approximately two weeks from 27 November 2017.

Net water recovery analysed across southern Basin communities - 21 November 2017

The MDBA has analysed water recovery in 41 communities across the southern Murray–Darling Basin as at 31 October 2016 as part of its interim Basin Plan Evaluation, and found that water recovery thr

Clear benefits flow from the MDBA’s year in the Riverina - 16 November 2017

A program to strengthen the connections between the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) and the Riverina community is celebrating its first anniversary this month.

Clear benefits flow from the MDBA’s year in the SA Murraylands - 16 November 2017

A program to strengthen the connections between the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) and the Murraylands community in South Australia is celebrating its first anniversary this month.

Clear benefits flow from the MDBA’s year in the Lower Balonne - 16 November 2017

A program to strengthen the connections between the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) and communities in the Lower Balonne region is celebrating its first anniversary this month.

Clear benefits flow from the MDBA’s year in the Goulburn Murray - 16 November 2017

A program to strengthen the connections between the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) and the Goulburn Murray community is celebrating its first anniversary this month.

Clear benefits flow from the MDBA’s presence in north-east Victoria and south-east NSW - 16 November 2017

A program to strengthen the connections between the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) and Victoria's north-east and New South Wales' south-east communities is celebrating its first anniversary

Basin Plan amendment recommended to Commonwealth Water Minister - 10 November 2017

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has recommended an amendment to the Murray–Darling Basin Plan to the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston.

Joint Media Release: Less water being released from Menindee Lakes this month - 08 November 2017

WaterNSW has reduced the amount of water released from the Menindee Lakes from 1,000 megalitres per day (ML/day) at weir 32 to 700 ML/day.

Joint Media Release: Scientific partnerships key to Basin Plan implementation - 02 November 2017

A recent report on complementary measures shows how strong scientific partnerships are being used to inform Basin Plan implementation.

Still time to nominate for the Basin Community Committee - 20 October 2017

Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) Chairman, the Hon Neil Andrew AO, said that there were two weeks remaining for people across the Basin to nominate for the Murray–Darling Basin Community Commi

Joint Media Release: Torrumbarry Weir lock in line for major refurbishment - 20 October 2017

Lock 26, which allows boat passage at Torrumbarry Weir on the River Murray, is to be drained and refurbished for the first time in more than 20 years.

Fledgling signs of steady populations: Waterbird evaluation - 17 October 2017

Recent research by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has examined how populations of waterbirds are tracking across the Basin and has found signs that the historic steady decline may be hal

MDBA Compliance Review update - 12 October 2017

Members of the MDBA Compliance Review Independent Panel and MDBA officers have undertaken field visits across the Murray–Darling Basin, as part of a review into compliance issues across the Basin.

Flow Advice: Small pulse planned for the Mitta Mitta - 11 October 2017

Landholders and river users, including pumpers, on the Mitta Mitta River are advised to take into account forecast changes in the release of water from Dartmouth Dam and make any necessary adjustme

Not bad, cod do better - native fish evaluation - 06 October 2017

Murray cod, Trout cod and Macquarie perch populations in the Basin are all improving from increased flows and better habitats.

Joint Media Release: Releases to increase from Menindee lakes - 05 October 2017

WaterNSW will start increasing releases from the Menindee lakes system late this week (7th October) to deliver water ordered by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA), while continuing to operat

Proposed adjustment to Sustainable Diversion Limits in the southern Basin - 03 October 2017

Today the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) released its assessment of a package of projects nominated by Basin state governments which aim to use water more efficiently whilst achieving the en

Help strengthen Basin water resource management: nominate now - 22 September 2017

People from across the Basin—from all walks of life, backgrounds and experiences–are encouraged to nominate for the Murray–Darling Basin Community Committee.

River Murray water levels to vary in spring - 12 September 2017

Communities along the River Murray in New South Wales and Victoria are advised to expect variable flows during spring and to consider adjusting their activities, pumps and moorings accordingly.

Basin Plan update information sessions - 07 September 2017

Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) staff are in Shepparton today as part of a series of southern Basin information sessions to provide an update on the Basin Plan.

Compliance Review - next steps - 06 September 2017

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has announced a panel of experts to provide an independent assessment of the MDBA's Basin-wide Compliance Review.

Authority meets in South Australia; welcomes new head of river operations - 05 September 2017

Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) members are meeting in Adelaide today to discuss progress on Basin Plan implementation.

River update: Managing Murray weir pool levels 2017-18 - 31 August 2017

Weir pool levels will vary over the coming year.

Joint Media Release: WaterNSW and the MDBA acting on floods feedback - 28 August 2017

Early Warning Network service improvements at Hume Dam

Murray Bridge connections being strengthened with MDBA REO - 16 August 2017

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) Regional Engagement Officer (REO) pilot program welcomes a new local to the Murray Bridge position covering the Lower SA Murray area.

Basin-wide Compliance Review - 31 July 2017

Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, has requested the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) consider conducting a national Basin-wide Compliance Review.

Media statement: MDBA responds to Four Corners episode - 24 July 2017

Statement by Chief Executive, Phillip Glyde

2017–18 watering priorities to build on best conditions in 25 years - 30 June 2017

Capitalising on the wettest conditions for years to support native fish, waterbirds, native vegetation and river flows in the Basin are a key focus for watering priorities in 2017–18.

Barmah Choke trade restriction to continue - 27 June 2017

Trading of water from above the Barmah Choke to below the choke will continue to be restricted in the 2017–18 water year.

River Murray levels to vary in winter - 20 June 2017

Communities along the River Murray in New South Wales and Victoria are advised to expect varying flows during winter and consider adjusting their activities, pumps and moorings accordingly.

Communique: Murray–Darling Basin Ministers agree next steps - 16 June 2017

The Murray–Darling Basin Ministerial Council met in Canberra today to progress implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Water Weed Wipeout app launched - 13 June 2017

Think you've got what it takes to manage a lake and battle a nasty weed? Well now you can!

Media Statement: Response to waterbird study - 05 June 2017

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) welcomes any new research into the management of the Basin's rivers and wildlife.

MDBA to launch Salt of the Earth video in Mildura - 18 May 2017

Chair of the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA), the Hon Neil Andrew AO will launch the Salt of the Earth video at the Mildura Field Day tomorrow, which celebrates the

Media Statement: Amendments to the Basin Plan - 320GL recommended - 15 May 2017

"The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has written to Ministerial Council members and recommends progressing a variety of amendments to the Basin Plan.

MDBA board meets in Albury today - 02 May 2017

Today the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) board met in Albury to discuss Basin Plan implementation and talk through some local issues with key stakeholders in the Albury/Wodonga community.

Weir pool changes at Torrumbarry - 21 April 2017

Water levels in the Torrumbarry weir pool will vary between May and August this year in an effort to help the health of the river banks.

Steady river heights likely this Easter - 11 April 2017

Local communities and visitors to the River Murray downstream of Hume Dam and Yarrawonga are advised that flows and river heights are likely to remain steady over the Easter weekend.

Flow pulse planned for the Mitta Mitta - 04 April 2017

Landholders and river users, including pumpers, on the Mitta Mitta River are advised to take into account forecast changes in the release of water from Dartmouth Dam and make any necessary adjustme

Harnessing nature's bounty: strong outlook for Murray–Darling Basin environment - 03 April 2017

Forecasting released by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) today shows that active use of environmental water in the coming year will extend the benefits already emerging from the wet condit

River Murray flows variable in the lead up to Easter - 28 March 2017

Local communities and visitors to the River Murray downstream of Hume Dam and Yarrawonga during the Easter holidays are advised that flows and river heights will continue to vary through autumn.

MDBA and WaterNSW joint System Operation Update: Status report for Menindee Lakes - 24 March 2017

WaterNSW manages the Menindee lakes system to supply licensed customers including Essential Water and Lower Darling landholders, as well as ensuring water security for the region.

MDBA takes over Questacon’s Q-lab for World Water Day! - 21 March 2017

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is celebrating World Water Day by taking over Questacon's Q-lab with exciting and interactive displays.

MDBA progressing regional presence agenda - 20 March 2017

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is increasing its regional presence and links with Basin communities, opening offices in Toowoomba, Queensland; Albury- Wodonga, on the NSW and Victorian b

Lower Balonne welcomes regional engagement officer - 20 March 2017

A program to strengthen the connections between the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) and regional communities has appointed an officer for the lower Balonne region hosted by the RDA Darling Do

Bourke welcomes regional engagement officer - 20 March 2017

A program to strengthen the connections between the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) and regional communities has appointed an officer based in Bourke.

Expect lower river levels downstream of Echuca - 17 March 2017

River Murray communities downstream of the Goulburn River junction are advised that flows and river heights are expected to drop noticeably over the next two to three weeks, into early April.

Communique: Murray–Darling Basin ministers meet in Mildura - 17 March 2017

The Murray–Darling Basin Ministerial Council met in Mildura today to progress matters relating to implementation of the Basin Plan.

Flow pulse planned for the Mitta Mitta - 03 March 2017

Landholders and river users, including pumpers, on the Mitta Mitta River are advised to take into account forecast changes in the release of water from Dartmouth Dam and make any necessary adjustme

The Basin Plan is about the long-term future of a healthy basin - 03 March 2017

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is responsible for preparing, implementing and reviewing the Murray–Darling Basin Plan—a plan to ensure a healthy and productive Basin for future generatio

Latest reporting shows Basin Plan progress steady - 27 February 2017

Results released today from the third full year of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan show steady progress towards implementation across a range of milestones.

Strong feedback on proposed Basin Plan amendments - 27 February 2017

Over 2300 submissions on the proposed amendments to the Basin Plan were received by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) in the past 13 weeks.

Autumn flows to vary with River Murray environmental watering - 24 February 2017

River Murray communities downstream of Yarrawonga are advised that flows and river heights will continue to vary in the coming weeks as environmental water moves through the system.

Releases from Menindee Lakes to ease over autumn - 24 February 2017

WaterNSW is starting to reduce the rate that water is released from the Menindee Lakes system this week, as orders from the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) begin to ease.

Euston lock re-opens and weir pool levels to vary - 16 February 2017

Euston's Lock 15 reopened this week following a month of work to repair a damaged lock gate.

Good attendance at Southern Basin drop-in sessions - 08 February 2017

About 200 people attended four drop-in sessions in the Southern Basin held by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) to discuss the proposed amendments to the Basin Plan last week.

Deadline extended for submissions to proposed Basin Plan amendments - 03 February 2017

The deadline for submissions about proposed amendments to the Basin Plan has been extended by two weeks until Friday, 24 February 2017.

Joint media release: Celebrating Murray–Darling Basin wetlands on World Wetland Day - 01 February 2017

The Murray–Darling Basin has more than 30,000 wetlands — 16 of international importance under the Ramsar Convention, which are fundamental to the health and viability of the whole basin.

Media Statement: Update on the MDBA 2017 evaluation of the Basin Plan - 01 February 2017

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is responsible for preparing, implementing and reviewing the Murray–Darling Basin Plan, a plan that aims to ensure a healthy and productive basin for futur

MDBA and WaterNSW joint System Operation Update: Status report for Menindee Lakes - 31 January 2017

WaterNSW manages the Menindee Lakes system to supply licensed customers including Essential Water and lower Darling landholders, as well as ensuring water security for the region.

Update – Euston lock still closed for maintenance - 25 January 2017

Euston's Lock 15 is still closed for maintenance to an upstream lock gate.

Update on releases from Menindee Lakes - 20 January 2017

As planned, the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has called on reduced water releases from the Menindee Lakes into the Darling River for the coming few days.

Mitta Mitta flow pulse - 13 January 2017

Landholders and river users, including pumpers, on the Mitta Mitta River are advised to take into account forecast releases of water from Dartmouth Dam and make any necessary adjustment to their

Euston lock closed for urgent maintenance - 12 January 2017

Euston's Lock 15 has been closed for urgent maintenance to one of its upstream lock gates.

Still time to voice your opinion on the proposed Basin Plan amendments - 10 January 2017

There is a month left before submissions on the proposed Basin Plan amendments close and the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is encouraging submissions from the community.

MDBA and WaterNSW joint media release: Releases to increase from Menindee lakes - 05 January 2017

WaterNSW will increase release rates from the Menindee lakes system next week to deliver water ordered by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA), while operating the lakes to maximise future wat