Environmental issues


The Living Murray Initiative

The Living Murray program (TLM) was established in 2002 in response to concerns over the declining health of the River Murray system. The program aims to achieve a healthy working River Murray system, which includes returning water to the river's environment, and is one of the most significant river restoration programs undertaken in Australia. TLM is a partnership between the New South Wales, Victorian, South Australian, ACT and Australian governments. The investment of $700 million in water recovery projects has recovered almost 500 gigalitres (billion litres) of water to help improve the health of six icon sites. NSW icon sites include the Barmah-Millewa and Koondrook-Perricoota Forests. The program is also investing around $318 million in environmental works and measures infrastructure such as regulating structures, water delivery channels and fishways to make better use of water for the environment at the icon sites.

NSW Market Purchase Measure

In 2007 a NSW proposal to recover up to 125 GL of water entitlements in the NSW Murray, Lower Darling and Murrumbidgee water markets was approved by the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council. This proposal was funded by NSW, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, the Australian Government, Victoria and South Australia, in accordance with The Living Murray Business Plan.

The NSW Market Purchase Measure purchased 115 GL of water through advertised expressions of interest for $203 million. The water purchased through this program is now being managed by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to achieve environmental outcomes at 'icon' sites along the Murray River.

The NSW Market Purchase Measure provided an opportunity to survey participants who had responded to expressions of interest. The survey aimed to collect land-use and socio-economic information as well as specific information regarding current water use, future intentions and opinions on the water purchase process. For more information download The Living Murray NSW Market Purchase Measure: Survey results (2010-50Watermarketpurchasemeasure.pdf; 1.56 MB).

More information

Visit the NSW Office of Water website for more details about a range of other programs and activities in the Murray-Darling Basin as a whole.


Page last updated: 08 December 2014