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Murray-Darling Basin

Photo: Tim J Keegan, Riverina Irrigation

The Murray-Darling basin covers 14% of Australia’s land mass generates 40% of the country’s income derived from agricultural production. Its name is derived from its two major rivers, the Murray River and the Darling River.

It spans most of the states of New South Wales and Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, and parts of the states of Queensland (lower third) and South Australia (southeastern corner).

The basin is home to more than 2 million people and a further 1.3 million people, including the population of Adelaide who are reliant on its water resources.

The country has spent more than $8 billion trying to ensure the future of this crucial river system.

Key Links
Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Elsewhere on the Web
Save the Murray – Environment Victoria
parks-in-the-region – Natural Resources South Australia


Coalition, Labor reach deal on Murray-Darling Basin Plan
Basin politics: a plan for the Murray-Darling (2010)
Farmers face huge cuts to save Murray-Darling
Murray-Darling Basin Plan leaked before release next week (2011)
$5bn used to safeguard Murray-Darling from drought largely in vain, says study (2017)

Recommended Listening
Best laid plans – Australia is halfway into the most expensive environmental program ever mounted — the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Sarah Dingle investigates serious allegations that the money spent has been for very little environmental gain.
Best laid plans (Part 2) – The Federal Senate is due to vote on major changes to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan– if it passes, it will effectively end further water recovery for the environment in the river system.

Recommended Viewing
Pumped: Who’s benefitting from the billions spent on the Murray-Darling? – Four Corners

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