Media archive

Media releases

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! With a new app launched today to help people better understand weed management in Lake Mulwala and the continued fight against the Egeria weed.

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 success of initiatives to tackle salinity in Australia.

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 adjustment to their river activities.

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 conditions experienced across much of the Murray–Darling Basin

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 border; and Adelaide, South Australia.

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 Downs and South West Queensland (RDA DDSW).

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. Ministers acknowledged the welcome provided by the Mildura community.

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 adjustment to their river activities.

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 generations.

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.

The extended deadline for submissions closed on Friday, 24 February 2017.

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 future generations.

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 river activities.

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 water security.