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Southern Basin community profiles

It's been five years since the Basin Plan was established – it's time to check how implementation is going.

The 2017 Basin Plan Evaluation considered environmental, social, cultural and economic outcomes seen so far, and whether these outcomes are in line with what was expected five years ago. There are already encouraging signs the Basin Plan is on track to deliver long-term outcomes. More than 8,000 GL of Commonwealth environment water has been delivered since 2008, and there have been positive ecological responses by birds, fish and vegetation. At a whole of Basin level the changes in social and economic conditions are broadly consistent with those expected at this stage of Basin Plan implementation.

While the effects of Basin Plan water recovery at a Basin scale are consistent with what was expected, feedback from stakeholders and community members has been that the Basin scale analysis fails to detect the sometimes significant impacts which are being felt by smaller, irrigation dependent communities.

Through working with communities, industry and Basin governments, the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has identified indicators which best define how communities are changing over time. The community profiles available on this page are based on this information. More details about the indicators of social and economic conditions are available in the Guide: Understanding change in Basin communities.

The community profiles were updated on 30 April 2018 - released on 3 May 2018 - to include additional analysis of the effect of the Basin Plan on the area of irrigated production. The general approach used by the MDBA has been to examine how Basin Plan water recovery and investment in on- and off-farm infrastructure have contributed to the changes in the area of irrigated crops.

The MDBA is undertaking further work to assess the effect of the Basin Plan on employment in the agriculture and non-agriculture sectors. This analysis will be released during May and June 2018. Profiles are provided for 40 irrigation-dependent communities, 5 communities with little or no irrigated agriculture and for the townships of Deniliquin and Shepparton-Mooroopna.

The southern Basin community profiles complement similar profiles published in 2016 for 21 communities in the Northern Basin - read profiles for communities in the Northern Basin. An overview of the social and economic methodology and analysis used to inform the northern Basin community profiles can be downloaded here.  The southern Basin community level analysis is built on the same methodology as that used to inform the Northern Basin review.


Understanding change in Basin Communities

How to interpret the indicators of social and economic condition.

Profiles of communities in the Southern Basin (with water recovery)
Profiles of communities in the Southern Basin (without water recovery)
Profiles for the townships of Deniliquin and Shepparton–Mooroopna
Independent review of southern Basin community profiles
Published: 03 May 2018  •   MDBA reports