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Stand Up for the Murray

South Australia is standing up for the Murray, and demanding that the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is delivered in full, on time.

Five years ago, South Australia led a Fight for the Murray to ensure the whole system would receive the water it needs to remain healthy and functioning, for the benefit of those that rely on it now and the generations to come.

That fight was won, and in 2012 all Basin states signed the basin plan – a plan which has begun to show real results with recovering floodplains and wetlands supporting more native fish and birds, and more efficient and productive irrigation industries.

But this is all now at risk.

While South Australia has committed time and money to manage the river well, other states have not matched our commitment, nor have they embraced the spirit of the agreement.

Some are not meeting their obligations. Some have failed to stop practices that damage the river, and allegations of rorting and water theft on a large scale have gone unchecked.

We are asking all Australians to pledge their support and Stand Up for the Murray.

Visit the Stand Up for the Murray website to sign the pledge.

What we’re doing in South Australia 

South Australia is working hard to implement the Basin Plan. A number of projects and schemes are underway to return water to the river, including:

Find out more about South Australia’s Basin Plan implementation plan

The Basin Plan is bigger than just South Australia. Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria are all crucial to the Basin Plan’s success. 

Groups at the highest level of Government, such as the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council (MinCo) are working together to agree on how the plan is implemented. 

There has been considerable work undertaken by state government agencies, local councils, industry groups and communities, who really are the heart of the river. 

We will continue to stand up for the Murray, and won’t stop until the Basin Plan is implemented on time and in full. 

What can you do to help? 

You don’t have to live near the river to support it.

More information: 

Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin

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