Community has final say on River Murray projects

Date posted: 11 October 2017

Senator Anne Ruston

Assisstant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources

Hon Ian Hunter MLC

Minister for Water and the River Murray 

Twelve projects have been selected by South Australian communities to share in up to $200,000 in grants to build knowledge, information and understanding of the River Murray.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston and SA Minister for Water and the River Murray Ian Hunter said the grants were delivered under the Fund My Project component of the $98 million Riverine Recovery programme, jointly funded by the Australian and South Australian governments.

“South Australian river communities are passionate about ensuring the Murray-Darling system remains healthy and productive for future generations,” Minister Ruston said.

“The Fund My Project grants have provided a great opportunity for River Murray communities to get involved in a proactive way and use their local knowledge and expertise to make a contribution towards securing a healthy future for the River Murray.

“These community-selected projects will help to increase community knowledge, understanding and involvement in Riverine Recovery activities through projects such as restoring wetlands along the Murray.

“I congratulate all grant recipients, and commend them for the important role they play in maintaining the health of this vital river system.”

Minister Hunter said the Fund My Project: Riverine Recovery initiative offered Riverland and Mid-Murray locals an opportunity to pitch wetlands management and riverine recovery project ideas for grants between $5,000 and $20,000.

“South Australians were then given the opportunity to choose their favourite projects to share in the $200,000 funding available,” Minister Hunter said.

“It has been great to see the community get involved—more than 200 South Australians had their say on which projects should be funded, and we have ended up with a great range of projects.

“All these projects are due to be completed by 30 June next year, and I look forward to seeing them flourish over the coming months. 

“These community-driven projects will leave a lasting legacy of knowledge, information and understanding of wetland management and recovery along South Australia’s River Murray.”

The SA Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources will work with the 12 community selected projects over the coming weeks to negotiate their grant agreements.

Fund My Project: Riverine Recovery is part of the $98 million joint Australian and South Australian governments Riverine Recovery Project, to improve the health of the River Murray and its wetlands and floodplains from the South Australian border to Wellington.

Find out more information on the Riverine Recovery Project. 

Fast facts

  • The $98 million Riverine Recovery Project is funded under the Murray–Darling Basin Plan, and aims to secure the long-term health of South Australia’s River Murray wetlands, including works to restore more natural flow patterns.
  • Fund My Project is providing grants of between $5000 and $20,000 to eligible community groups along the river, from Wellington to the South Australian border, for projects that support the outcomes of the Riverine Recovery project.