​Media Release

Getting on with delivering the Murray–Darling Basin Plan

13 July 2018​

  • Tenders are now open for $1.5 billion of water efficiency projects 
  • Projects to deliver additional water for the environment with no or positive socioeconomic impacts 
  • Basin Ministerial Council supported the launch of the new progra

The government is getting on with the job of delivering the Murray–Darling Basin Plan, with tenders now open for $1.5 billion dollars of water efficiency projects.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the projects would deliver additional water savings without hurting Basin communities.

This investment seeks 450 gigalitres of water which would be delivered with neutral or positive social and economic impacts,” Minister Littleproud said.

The Murray–Darling Basin Water Infrastructure Program is a vital part of the Plan to restore the health of the Murray–Darling Basin, while protecting Basin communities and their economies.

We’re looking for businesses and organisations across the Basin that want to modernise their water infrastructure through off-farm, urban and industrial projects. 

The program will also invite proposals for on-farm infrastructure projects in Queensland, South Australia and the ACT.

“We’ve listened to feedback on past water infrastructure programs and we will make sure that all funded projects leave Basin communities no worse off.

We are starting the recovery of this water now, with infrastructure funding to continue through to 2024. 

“The program will also help meet remaining in-catchment targets by using the Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program funds.

“The Murray–Darling Basin Plan is working and I am determined to make sure we stay on track to deliver the best possible outcomes for Basin communities while also protecting the environment.”

More information is available on the department’s website at agriculture.gov.au/waterefficiency​.

Interested applicants can apply on AusTender.

Fast Facts:

  • So far, 2100 GL of water entitlements have been secured for the environment across the Basin.
  • Murray–Darling agricultural production is worth more than $20B —about $7B is irrigated. 
  • The Commonwealth and Basin states will work together to deliver water efficiency projects with neutral or improved social and economic outcomes