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MDA Membership

The Murray Darling Association is a membership-based peak representative organisation representing local government and communities across the Murray Darling Basin.  Our purpose is to provide effective representation of local government and communities at state and federal level in the management of Basin resources by:

  • Providing accurate, relevant and timely information,
  • Facilitating informed debate, and
  • Seeking to influence government policy

Membership of the Murray Darling Association is open to all local government and other entities within the Basin, and to individuals with an interest in ensuring a sustainable future for the Murray-Darling Basin. We welcome new members and their involvement in activities and meetings with us. 


Membership Fee Schedule     (All fees are in $AUD and exclude GST)   

Local Government entity $0.305 cents per head of population, capped at $6,681.82 (ex GST). Under this pricing, the cap benefits councils with a population exceeding 21,900
Non-local govenment entity $350 (ex GST)
Individual $90 (ex GST)
Life Member no fee

Membership fees will be pro-rata, with a renewal date of 1 July.


Paid up members are entitled to the following voting rights 

Membership Category

Vote at the AGM/NatCon

Vote at Region Meetings

Local Government entity

1 vote, plus 1 vote per 20,000 head of population; capped at 3 votes

1 vote per region delegate in attendance. Up to 5 votes per member council

Non-Local Government entity

1 vote

1 vote


1 vote per person. Up to 3 delegates per region.

1 vote (region of residence)

Life Member

1 vote

1 vote


Click the following to complete and submit your Membership Application



The Benefits of Membership
  • Strong united voice at regional, state and federal level on important basin related issues.
  • Networking opportunities with other LGAs.
  • Opportunity to discuss water related issues with other delegates who have Water/Environment as part of their portfolio.
  • Cross boundary communication between South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
  • Benefit of long history and knowledge accumulated over 71 years.
  • Good regional structure bringing ideas and issues from a very broad area to a central space
Membership Benefits
Why we have Regions

The Murray Darling Association has 12 distinct regions. Regions are determined by communities of similar interests and are not reliant on state boundaries. Regional members meet regularly to consider matters of regional significance, drawing on local knowledge and expertise. The chair of each region sits on the national board.


Why join the Murray Darling Association?

Councils and LGAs

“Greater Shepparton City Council recently formalised our support for the association.  As Greater Shepparton forms part Australia’s food bowl it is imperative for us to participate. Forming a partnership with the MDA will strengthen our position when lobbying state and federal government on matters affecting our region and improve outcomes in the management of our natural resources.”

Cr Dennis Patterson - Mayor
Greater Shepparton City Council
member since 2015


“The Association is an important forum to consider basin issues from a holistic perspective. It is a great networking opportunity which allows all stakeholders to share information and experience, debate topics and learn from each other. The Association also provides an avenue to have a strong voice and input into policy making.”

Frank Zaknich – General Manager
Albury City Council
members since 1944


"As a Private Member I enjoy the fellowship of Local Government people and the exchange of information that you gain by attending Regional Meetings"

Bede Mecham
Individual Member since 1944

Small Businesses


Corporate Entities


Members of Parliament


Community Groups


Download a fact sheet on the MDA here