After many years of decline in ecosystem health, the Australian and South Australian governments are taking real action to turn this around through the implementation of the Basin Plan and associated environmental works programs.
Announced in September 2020 as part of the Australian Government’s Murray-Darling Communities Investment Package, the $37.6 million Sustaining Riverland Environments (SRE) Program will implement projects that will help achieve a healthier River Murray system, stronger communities and better recreation and profitable industries, while also stimulating jobs and economic growth in the Riverland region.
In November 2020, three ecologically important sites in the South Australian Riverland were identified for increased investment through the SRE Program to:
Delivering practical projects at these three sites will maximise the benefits from investment to date through the Basin Plan and local programs (such as the South Australian Riverland Floodplains Integrated Infrastructure Program and Riverine Recovery) to further increase the efficiency and effectiveness of environmental water use.
The SRE Program will draw from the Master Plan Project, which is finalising a suite of proposed options informed through community consultation and investigations.
The finalised master plans will be a key milestone in the SRE Program, improve flexibility of river operations and maximise the future benefits of the Constraints Management Strategy.
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Bookmark Creek and Lock 3 Reach community consultation
We want your feedback on one or more of the proposed draft initiatives across Bookmark Creek and the Lock 3 Reach, which aim to support the achievement of improved environmental outcomes along the River Murray.
Your feedback will be compiled with other key stakeholder feedback, analysed and used to finalise the concepts, where they will then await the opportunity for future investigations, funding and delivery. Initiatives that align strongly with the SRE Program objectives will have the opportunity to receive funding under the SRE Program.
Have your say via YourSAy or via written submission to DEW.MasterPlans@sa.gov.au. Submissions close 9 November 2021.
The Sustaining Riverland Environments Program is a $37.6 million program funded by the Australian Government through the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and delivered by the Government of South Australia through the Department for Environment and Water.