The Narran Lakes wetland ecosystem comprises the terminal lakes and surrounding floodplains of the Narran River in the Condamine-Balonne Catchment and includes the internationally significant Ramsar-listed Narran Lake Nature Reserve. The Narran Lakes are one of the most significant bird breeding sites in the Murray-Darling Basin.
The Commonwealth government has purchased water licences in the Condamine-Balonne Catchment and will manage water for the environment in collaboration with relevant state agencies to achieve outcomes in the Narran Lakes system.
The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder delivers water into the Namoi in collaboration with state agencies and provides a detailed description of the valley’s values and environmental watering objectives.
The Border Rivers valley is located across northern NSW and southern Queensland. Water for the environment in the Border Rivers is managed by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder in collaboration with relevant state agencies.
The Intersecting Streams are located in southern Queensland (Warrego) and northern NSW (Darling River). The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder manages water for the environment in this area in collaboration with relevant state agencies.
The Barwon-Darling system has numerous environmental values including fish as well as floodplain and riparian vegetation. The Barwon-Darling also provides water to Menindee Lakes and the Lower Murray River systems. Water for the environment in this area is managed by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder in collaboration with relevant state agencies.
Hawkesbury-Nepean river recovery
The Hawkesbury-Nepean River Recovery Program (2009-12) aimed to achieve environmental outcomes for the Hawkesbury-Nepean River System by making more water available for the environment and reducing nutrient inputs.
The program was funded by the Australian Government and managed by the former Office of the Hawkesbury-Nepean in partnership with other NSW agencies. It is currently managed by the Department of Primary Industries.
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has purchased 4912 megalitres of unregulated river access licence shares across the Hawkesbury-Nepean catchment.