​Media Release

Vital NSW wetlands in very safe hands​

30 May 2018

  • The Nature Conservancy selected to run the Nimmie-Caira wetlands project
  • Project to restore the important wetlands in the Murray-Darling Basin's Lowbidgee region
  • Aboriginal history in the region dating back at least 50,000 years is also being preserved 

One of the world's most respected environmental organisations has been chosen to manage a vital environmental project in the southern Murray-Darling Basin that is of national and international importance.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the appointment of the Australian arm of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to oversee the rehabilitation of the Nimmie-Caira property in South Western NSW will preserve environmental and Indigenous values of the area.

"The Nature Conservancy is a respected environmental organisation and I'm confident we can place this important project in their hands," Minister Littleproud said.

"The Nimmie-Caira project area covers nearly 85,000 hectares in the lower reaches of the Murrumbidgee River floodplain between Maude and Balranald and it shows how the Murray-Darling Basin Plan delivers for the environment.

"Through this project, 173 GL of water entitlements will be saved—helping restore one of the most important wetlands in the southern Murray-Darling Basin.

"The Federal Government is investing around $180 million in this project which will restore the ecosystem in the Lowbidgee Floodplain and improve environmental flows to Yanga National Park.

"The Nimmie-Caira project will also help to restore Aboriginal peoples' very rich connection with the area, which goes back more than 50,000 years.

"It will offer job and business opportunities for the region's Aboriginal communities in education, agribusiness and ecotourism."

Minister Littleproud said the Nimmie-Caira project is a wonderful example of public funds being used to further inspire investment for the benefit of the environment, the Aboriginal community, business and regional communities.

"It's great to see both Aboriginal heritage and the environment of an important wetlands system in safe hands under the care of The Nature Conservancy."

For further information about the Nimmie-Caira project visit: https://www.water.nsw.gov.au/water-management/water-recovery-old/sustaining-the-basin/the-nimmie-caira-project.

Fast Facts:

  • The Nimmie-Caira project will return 173 GL of water entitlements to the environment (Long Term Average Annual Yield)
  • Aboriginal cultural history in the region dates back over 50,000 years. The Nimmie-Caira site is identified as part of the Muthi Muthi and Nari Nari linguistic groups.
  • Lignum shrub land, river red gum and blackbox woodlands are among the vegetation communities that make up Nimmie-Caira. It is home or a place to find food for many species, including the nationally threatened southern bell frog (Litoria raniformis), greater long-eared bat (Nyctophilus corbeni), and migratory waterbirds.
  • Environmental watering has already been provided to wetlands and refuge habitats in Nimmie-Caira. This watering supported wetland and riverine food webs, increasing food resources for fish, frogs, turtles, waterbirds and other animals.​​