Working together 100 years on

23 February 2017

The control and sharing of the waters of the River Murray was one of the most contentious issues at the time of Federation. After four failed attempts, the River Murray Waters Agreement was signed in 1914 resolving the conflict.

It was this agreement between the states of Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia, along with the Commonwealth of Australia that led to the establishment of the River Murray Commission. The River Murray Commission held their first meeting in Melbourne on 14 February 1917.

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority members were in Melbourne last week and took some time out to remember this historic occasion, 100 years to the day, by re-enacting the photo of the River Murray Commissioners and staff on the back steps of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices.

Despite the complex and challenging nature of water management, the Commonwealth and State governments over 100 years have continued the cooperative joint management of the waters of the Murray–Darling system providing a clear path towards a sustainable future for all who call the Murray–Darling Basin home.

Image of Murray-Darling Basin Authority members
River Murray Commissioners and staff 1917.
100 years of river management - River Murray Commissioners in 1917 and Murray-Darling Basin Authority members in 2017.

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