Murray Darling Wetlands in good hands

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Wetlands within the Murray Darling Basin are in good hands, with over 20 years of work by the Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group (MDWWG) to restore and improve the management of wetlands throughout the catchment. Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group (MDWWG) Ltd. (and its predecessor NSW Murray Wetlands Working Group Inc.) has a long history of linking community involvement with scientific understanding about wetlands within the Basin.


To date, the MDWWG has been responsible for:

  • Moira Lake and Thegoa Lagoon restoration. At the Moira Lakes Wetland System, a range of management actions have improved the health of the system, including the installation of a regulator to exclude regulated river flows from Moira Lake during summer. Re-establishment of the natural cycle of drying and re-flooding will gradually restore native fish and waterbird habitats throughout the wetlands. Read more…
  • Delivery of 75000 megalitres of water to more than 200 wetlands across two catchments, including

– The Darling Anabranch. Flow improved habitat for breeding of fish, birds and frogs and the regeneration of vegetation and was another example of the success of cooperative waterings by multiple environmental water holders to achieve environmental benefits at a Basin-wide scale. Read more…

– Fletchers Creek. The project is a special one, as it is achieving multiple social, community and environmental benefits.  Aboriginal knowledge is informing decisions, and skills are being shared between all the groups involved. Read more…

– Lake Gol Gol. River Red Gum, Black Box and River Cooba trees showed a positive response to the watering and up to 50 bird species were observed at the Lake, including a juvenile Sea Eagle (this species is not commonly found in this area). Read more…

– Wetlands on Private Properties. From 2001 to 2008, a total of 136 private landholders were involved in the project, 162 private wetlands received approximately 20,044 ML of water and a total of 3368 ha of ephemeral wetlands and the wildlife and vegetation associated with them, received a rejuvenating lifeblood which had been missed for many years. Read more…

  • Mapping and developing a database of wetlands along the Billabong Creek and Upper Murray catchments. The information gathered from this project will enable the MDWWG to develop and prioritise strategic rehabilitation projects within the catchments. After completing on-ground assessments for 43% of the wetlands in the Central Billabong reach, the Group were able to determine that the majority of wetlands have suffered from only minor to moderate disturbance – and only 8% fall into the ‘extreme disturbance’ Wetland Condition category. This is encouraging, as it suggests a lot of these wetlands have the potential of being rehabilitated. Read more…
  • Monitoring the impacts of sulfidic sediments at Bottle Bend lagoon. The NSW Murray Wetlands Working Group (MWWG) and The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre (MDFRC) were first alerted to the detrimental impacts of sulfidic sediments following a drying and wetting cycle that occurred at Bottle Bend Lagoon, NSW, during 2001-2002. Read more…
  • The establishment of the Restdown Wines Wetland and Heritage Walking Trail. Read more…

Current projects include:

  • Rehabilitation of wetlands on private properties to improve carbon storage capacity and biodiversity. Read more…
  • MDWWG are currently looking in to works needed on the Carrs, Cappitts and Bunberro Creeks to improve flow management throughout the system, across the floodplain and into associated wetlands. Read more…
Staff and board members on a levee bank at Frenchman's Creek, October 2012

Staff and board members on a levee bank at Frenchman’s Creek, October 2012

As a non-profit Company, Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group Ltd seeks corporate and public donations as well as donations of water for wetland and environmental uses.


For further information, contact:

Dr Deborah Nias
Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 0417 287 651

Mr Howard Jones
Phone: 0427 274 525

Ms Rhonda Sinclair
Program Manager
Phone: 0427 548 975

Mrs Sarah Ning
Project Officer
Phone: 0427 376 157




Our address

PO Box 313 Blackwood SA 5051
-35.0214272, 138.616126

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