Large-scale river restoration – integrating environmental and cultural values
The Lower Murrumbidgee floodplain is one of the most important large wetland areas in the Murray-Darling Basin. The Australian and New South Wales Governments recently purchased the land (19 properties, 88,000 ha) and water entitlements (320,000 ML) at a cost of $180 million. UNSW was part of a successful consortium of Nari Nari Tribal Council, The Nature Conservancy and Murray Wetlands Working Group who were given carriage of land and water management planning of the project, the largest river restoration project in the Murray-Darling Basin. This project aims to integrate environmental and cultural values in its restoration with environmental flows.