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In South Australia, the mid-Murray includes a number of large towns such as Murray Bridge, Mannum and Swan Reach. 

With easy access from Adelaide, there are many shacks and houseboats for hire in the area and it is popular for boating, fishing, canoeing and water skiing.

As well as tourism, the main industries in the area are agriculture, government administration, manufacturing and retail.

There are a number of national parks and conservation parks in the region, with Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park offering a unique opportunity to join an experienced Aboriginal guide and learn about the extensive rock engravings and significant sites that continue to be important to Nganguraku and Ngaiwang people today.

Located below Lock 1, this part of the river relies on good river flows to maintain water levels for irrigation, water supply, navigation and to flush salt from the system and keep the river healthy.

During the Millennium drought, industries and communities in this part of the river were impacted by low water levels, poor water quality and riverbank collapse.

There are a number of irrigation industry projects underway to support the industry and communities to cope better with future dry times, and environmental projects to ensure a healthy River Murray now and into the future.

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