Media Releases



         Murray Darling Association Media Releases

22 August 2019

Beginning the conversation - MDA Editorial and Advertisement in LG Focus

With the recent amplification in the media of issues around the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, and the continued impacts of changing water availability, it is more important than ever that the voices of local government continue to be heard.
12 August 2019

MDA welcomes Inspector-General and continued support of Basin Plan at COAG

The MDA is strongly encouraged by outcomes from last week’s Council of Australian Government (COAG) meeting, following factious media coverage of the Ministerial Council meeting held a few days prior.

1 August 2019

Connecting Catchments and Communities - Constraints: Tension between demand and deliverability key topic

The MDA held another Connecting Catchments and Communities workshop in Euston on Tuesday. This time focussing on Constraints, the event was attended by community leaders from across the Basin.

1 August 2019

The Barwon-Darling is an ecosystem in crisis

Clear findings and recommendation of the NSW Natural Resources Commission's draft Water Sharing Plan review handed down last week have been welcomed by the MDA.

9 July 2019

MDA response to 4Corners Cash Splash

The MDA responds to the 4Corners Cash Splash calling for transparency and local government involvement to build confidence and trust in the Basin Plan.

28 June 2019

MDBA and MDA Partnership Strengthens with new MOU

The Murray Darling Association (MDA) and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) will strengthen their existing relationship by extending their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a further five years on the 2nd of July 2019.

19 June 2019

MDA welcomes Socio-Economic Impact panel for Murray-Darling

The Murray Darling Association welcomes the recent announcement by the Minister for Water Resources, David Littleproud, regarding the creation of an independent panel to investigate the social and economic conidtions affecting communities across the Murray-Darling Basin.

7 June 2019

Total water availability for ag a welcome discussion

The Murray Darling Association has welcomed comments by SunRice chairman, Laurie Arthur, concerned with ensuring sustainable stream flows in the lower Murray Darling Basin.

28 May 2019

MDA wecomes new Ministerial appointments

MDA congratulates Senator McKenzie on her return to Cabinet

MDA  congratulates Minister Littleproud on his return to Cabinet

MDA congratulates Minister Ley on her return to Cabinet

22 May 2019

MDA response to Almond Board of Australia Water Policy Position

The Murray Darling Association supports in principle the actions outlined in the Almond Board of Australia’s recently adopted Water Policy Position regarding the Murray-Darling Basin.

Almond Board of Australia Water Policy Position Paper

17 December 2018

Socio-economic assessment criteria welcomed

The Murray Darling Association has welcomed measures that stipulate project proponents under the Murray-Darling Basin Water Infrastructure Program must consult with local government during the planning process.

7 November 2018

Councils inform and influence Basin decisions - Track the progress

Progress relating to resolutions from the past five Murray Darling Association annual general meetings are now available to view online.

11 October 2018

Regeneration for a healthy Basin

ReGeneration… for a healthy Basin will be the theme of the Murray Darling Association’s Jubilee 75th National Conference and annual general meeting to be held in Toowoomba in 2019.

4 September 2018

MDA response to draft report

The Murray Darling Association welcomes the Productivity Commission Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Five-year assessment - Draft report released last week and presented at the MDA National Conference in Leeton.

16 August 2018

Glowing support for drought relief efforts

Murray Darling Association supporters will be able to experience the sights of either Leeton, Melbourne or the Yarra Valley by air whilst raising funds for drought relief efforts.

16 August 2018

Call for Goulburn River flows assessment

The Murray Darling Association has welcomed the City of Greater Shepparton’s decision to propose a motion that will be debated at this month’s 74th National Conference.

15 August 2018

Nod given to local government engagement

A packed program considering a range of nationally significant issues will be presented later this month when the Murray Darling Association holds its 74th National Conference and Annual General Meeting at Leeton, New South Wales.

9 August 2018

Local government's input growing

The Murray Darling Association’s continuing advocacy on behalf of local governments across the Basin has taken a further step forward.

27 July 2018

Motions announced

Seventeen motions will be up for discussion during the Murray Darling Association's 74th Annual General Meeting, occurring on Thursday, August 30 at Leeton. New South Wales.

26 July 2018

Water extraction a hot topic

The future management of water extraction throughout the Murray-Darling Basin will prompt discussions next month at Leeton.

19 July 2018

Local government expertise recognised in the Basin Commnunity Committee

The Murray Darling Association congratulates its National President, Cr David Thurley on being appointed to the 16-member Murray-Darling Basin Authority Basin Community Committee.

19 July 2018

Balancing neutrality, productivity and sustainability

Issues relating to the 450-gigalitre water recovery target, the definition of socioeconomic neutrality and many others will be discussed at the Murray Darling Association’s 74th National Conference and Annual General Meeting.

18 July 2018

Murray River Council hits the ground running

The Murray Darling Association has welcomed Murray River Council’s decision to support two motions that will be debated at next month’s 74th National Conference.

6 July 2018

Glowing reception for visitors

Hot air balloons will light up the night sky on Wednesday, August 29 when Leeton launches the Murray Darling Association’s 74th National Conference and Annual General Meeting.

26 June 2018

Councils to deliberate economic neutrality and the 450GL

Local government representatives from throughout the Murray-Darling Basin will meet in Leeton in late August to look at the future of the Murray-Darling Basin.

25 June 2018

Local government leaders meet in Canberra

Municipal leaders from across Australia met in Canberra last week at the Australian Local Government Association’s National General Assembly.

25 June 2018

Basin Plan impact report welcomed

The Murray Darling Association welcomes the Murray-Darling Basin Authority reporting into the impact of the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan on Southern Basin communities.

8 May 2018

MDA welcomes return to bipartisanship on the Basin Plan

The Murray Darling Association has welcomed the return to bipartisanship on the Basin Plan heralded by Labor and the Coalition’s agreement on the Basin Plan announced last night.

4 May 2018


Murray-Darling Basin Plan essential to the health of the Coorong 

COUNCILS across the Murray-Darling Basin are calling for the Senate to defeat a disallowance motion that threatens the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

22 March 2018

A return to the table expected under new SA Liberal government

Local government in South Australia is optimistic of a renewed and constructive commitment to the Basin Plan following the election of a Liberal government led by Steven Marshall.

16 March 2018 

Great result from collaboration between local government and water agency

A red alert warning for the Edward River at Deniliquin has been lifted after collaborative testing between Edward River Council and Water NSW revealed that blue-green algae levels had fallen.

14 March 2018 

Local government encouraged by NSW Water Reform Action Plan

The Murray Darling Association welcomes the New South Wales Government’s clear and decisive action to address issues with water management and compliance.

9 March 2018 

MDA leadership team reinstated for the year ahead

The Murray Darling Association has reappointed its leadership team for the year ahead. 

9 March 2018

Data shows social and economic impacts of water recovery

Local government’s peak body in the Murray-Darling Basin welcomes the release of data by the MDBA showing the profound social and economic impacts of water recovery on Southern Basin communities.

20 February 2018 

Basin Plan the best option for communities, the environment and regional economies

Murray Darling Association National President Cr David Thurley and Member for Farrer Sussan Ley met in Albury yesterday to discuss the electorate’s position on the future of the MurrayDarling Basin Plan.

15 February 2018

Councils from across the Basin call on all governments to ‘stay the course’

Local government is calling on the Government and Opposition to reach agreement over the way forward after a vote in the Senate last night to disallow a key amendment threatens to derail the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

13 February 2018 

Local government commends bipartisanship on Basin Plan amendments

Local government’s peak body in the Murray-Darling Basin has welcomed the support of the Victorian and New South Wales Governments for two crucial amendments to the Basin Plan

6 February

Halt to water recovery not the solution 

Local government’s peak body in the Murray-Darling Basin has reacted with concern to a new report that calls for a halt to all publicly funded water recovery through irrigation efficiency programs.

2 February 

Basin councils united against disallowance motion 

Local government representatives from across the Murray-Darling Basin have reaffirmed their support for the Murray-Darling Basin Plan Amendment

2 February

Councils unite to strengthen their influence on Basin management decisions 

Regional executives of the Murray Darling Association have met in Albury this week to collaborate on strategies for local government to inform the management of Basin water resources.

21 November 2017

Council disappointed with Basin Plan Amendment disallowance motion

Balonne Shire Council is disappointed Senator Sarah Hanson-Young last week moved a disallowance motion on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan Amendment.

19 October

Solidarity characterises Murray Darling Association National Conference and AGM

A record number of voting delegates from right across the Basin attended the Murray Darling Association’s 73rd National Conference and AGM in Renmark last week.

29 September 2017 

Murray Darling Association to call for Basin Plan solidarity at National Conference

The Murray Darling Association will use its National Conference to call for integrity, accountability and solidarity in the implementation of the Basin Plan. 

11 September 2017

Murray Darling Association welcomes interim report into NSW water management and compliance

The Murray Darling Association has welcomed the findings of an independent review into water management and compliance in New South Wales.

18 August 2017

Local government seeks answers over lack of consultation on buybacks

The Murray Darling Association has called for the Federal Government to explain why it didn’t consult local government over the purchase of significant parcels of water out of the Warrego River and Condamine-Balonne region.

17 August 2017

Call for clarity on future of Menindee Lakes

A GROUP of Murray Darling Association member councils will seek a meeting with the New South Wales Premier to discuss the future of the Menindee Lakes.

13 August 2017

MDA Backs calls for an Independent Public Inquiry into Basin Plan

The MDA has added the voice of local government to calls from the states including South Australia and Victoria for an independent public enquiry.

3 August 2017

MDA National President Cr David Thurley talks with Trevor Chappel live on ABC

MDA National President Cr David Thurley talks with Trevor Chappel, live on ABC Overnights about water flows and sharing the resources in one of our nation's greatest assets - the Murray Darling system.

1 August 2017

Deputy PM talks energy, tourism and Basin plan

AUSTRALIA’s Deputy Prime Minister made a fleeting visit to Echuca on Thursday. Issues raised included energy availability and pricing, the Murray Darling Basin and opportunities to grow the tourism industry along the Murray River. 

25 July 2017

Murray Darling Association response to Four Corners report

The Murray Darling Association has renewed its call for local government to be given a voice in the implementation of the Basin Plan to support the continuing implementation and avoid a repeat of the problems revealed in last night’s Four Corners report.

29 June 2017

MDA can help deliver the Plan

Murray Darling Association visits Canberra to talk regional engagement for Basin councils. LOCAL governments need to be a part of the decision-making process in the continuing implementation of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

26 June 2017

MDA calls for greater input from local government

A PEAK body with more than 100 member councils is calling for local government to be given more say in the future of the Murray-Darling Basin, to better balance competing interests.

11 April 2017


Local Government urges Easter flows in the Murray

Water will flow down the Murray this Easter, providing confidence to tourism operators and visitors alike, and supporting high visitation for camping and tourism areas along the river.

18 March 2017


Local Government addresses Basin Ministers

Over 100 councils from across the Murray-Darling Basin were represented by 3 peak bodies at the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council in Mildura.

15 October 2015

Murray Darling Association calls for stability and certainty under the Basin Plan

The Murray Darling Association is supportive of the transfer of responsibility for water management to the newly created Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR), and is calling on all stakeholders to remain focused on ensuring balanced outcomes for our community and the environment. 

1 October 2015

MDA calls for government action to protect the Basin from contaminated waste from abandoned mine

The Murray Darling Association is deeply concerned by the risk posed by contaminated waste remaining in storage ponds at the abandoned Texas Silver Mines Pty Ltd site, which could be spilled from the site with as little as 40 millimetres of rain, sending cyanide and other heavy metals into the waters of the Murray Darling Basin, via the Dumaresq River.

17 September 2015

MDA welcomes opportunity to work with new ministry

With the events of the past week likely to bring about changes in the federal cabinet and the minister responsible for the Basin Plan, the Murray Darling Association has affirmed their support for the changes in responsibility for water to move from the Department of Environment to Agriculture.

16 September 2015

1500GL Cap on Commonwealth Water Buybacks Passes into Law

The Murray Darling Association has commended the government in passing legislation to cap on Commonwealth water buybacks at 1500GL. 

14 September 2015

2015 National Conference and AGM a great success

The Murray Darling Association held their 71st Annual National Conference in Barooga last week. With attendance numbers over 150, an excellent line-up of presenters and guests ensured that delegates from across the Basin participated in important discussions relating to water and land management and policy.

27 August 2015

Registrations closing soon for National Conference and AGM

The Murray Darling Association’s 2015 National Conference and AGM at the Cobram Barooga Golf Club on September 9 – 11 is almost upon us. Hosts, Berrigan Shire, have provided an impressive venue for the conference and it is set to be an informative, dynamic and entertaining event.

20 August 2015

Murray Darling Association National Conference and AGM - Barooga NSW

Registrations are now open for the 71st National Conference and AGM of the Murray Darling Association, to be held in Barooga, September 9 - 11

9 July 2015

Barham community meeting to discuss the Senate Inquiry into the MDB Plan

The community meeting in Barham yesterday, attended by more than 1000 concerned community members, was a pivotal moment for landholders and communities affected by the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. 



External Media Releases

20 May 2018

Ellen Ebsary, The Border Mail - Basin plan definition of socio-economic neutrality ‘not good enough’

2 November 2015

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce and NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair Ag White Paper delivers $3 million to combat pest animals and weeds in drought affected areas of NSW

The Australian Government continues to deliver on its commitment to help drought affected farmers, providing $3 million to the New South Wales Government for pest animal and weeds management, in line with its commitment under the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper. 

16 September 2015

The Hon. Dr Sharman Stone, Member for Murray - Water Policy to go to Agriculture Portfolio

The new Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has announced he will be taking water policy from the Environment portfolio and relocating it into the Agriculture portfolio.

15 September 2015

Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre - Creative Catchment Kids Wins Landcare Award

Creative Catchment Kids, the environmental education program that operates in over 60 schools in the Murray, Riverina and Western regions of NSW, has won the 2015 NSW Junior Landcare Team Award, and will represent NSW at the national awards. Creative Catchment Kids has been a partnership of Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre and the Murray Darling Association since 2010, supported by Murray, Riverina & Western Local Land Services with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and Catchment Action NSW.

11 September 2015

Gunnedah Shire Council - Murray Darling Association Rejects Motion Opposing Shenhua Development

The National Conference of the Murray Darling Association overwhelmingly rejected a motion calling on the MDA "to oppose and strongly advocate against the approval granted for an open cut coal mine on the Liverpool Plains in the Murray Darling basin and demand that urgent consideration be given to the withdrawal of such approval."

11 September 2015

Alex Druce, The Land - Locals still not sold on Basin Plan

9 September 2015

The Hon. Bob Baldwin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment - Government vision for water reform highlighted at the Murray Darling Association annual conference

Speaking at the 71st annual conference of the Murray Darling Association in Barooga, NSW, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment Bob Baldwin outlined the Government’s approach to delivering the Basin Plan.

27 August 2015

Minister for Water and The River Murray (SA), Ian Hunter - States, authority in agreement on basin plan measures

Basin states and the Federal Government are progressing a package of projects that will offset water recovery through supply measures, increase water recovery through efficiency measures and improve our ability to deliver environmental water by addressing system constraints.

21 August 2015

Member for Murray, Adrian Piccoli - MDBP process and implementation under intense scrutiny

Earlier this year, Member for Murray, Adrian Piccoli together with Member for Riverina Michael McCormack met with the Federal Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt to make the case for halting water buybacks under the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

14 August 2015                            

Murray-Darling Basin water ministers meet in Sydney

The Murray–Darling Basin Ministerial Council met in Sydney today to consider basin water reform matters and progress on Basin Plan implementation.

17 June 2015

Murray Darling Basin Authority - Flow Advice: River Murray flows to vary this winter

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

24 June 2015

Senator John Madigan - Senator Madigan welcomes Senate inquiry into MDBP

"Now is the time to consult, listen, review and act."