Joint media release: Riverland communities to benefit from investment in new projects

4 November 2020

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, The Hon Keith Pitt MP
South Australian Minister for Water and the River Murray, The Hon David Speirs MP

The Coalition Government is supporting practical projects that sustain vital ecological sites and native species throughout the Riverland through the Murray–Darling Communities Investment Package.  

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Keith Pitt, and South Australian Minister for Water and the River Murray, David Speirs, announced funding for three new projects when they met Wednesday. 

“By investing in the Murray-Darling Communities Investment Package we are creating jobs and driving economic activity that benefit local communities and improve the health of the river system and surrounding wetlands,” Minister Pitt said. 

“A key element of the Package is a commitment of $37.6 million for the Riverland to support practical local projects, to improve river and wetland health and sustain native fish populations.

“These projects allow us to reinstate better flow patterns so wetlands can get water when they need it and can dry off when they don’t.”

The Commonwealth and South Australian governments are working together to support three projects in the Riverland to achieve landscape-scale improvements and benefit important fish species:

  • Restoring natural river patterns in the Lock 6 reach 
  • River infrastructure and operational investments in the Lock 3 reach
  • Reinstating natural habitat conditions in the Bookmark Creek area. 

South Australian Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs welcomed the new projects which recognise the need to provide local solutions to local water issues. 

“These three projects will bring about improved river health outcomes for local Riverland communities and contribute to the broader objectives of the Murray Darling Basin Plan by improving fish movement, and river red gum health, reducing salinity and increased connectivity of the system,” Minister Speirs said.

For more information about The Murray-Darling Communities Investment Package visit the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s website.