Our irrigators operate in the environment significant Edward-Wakool Rivers region of the NSW Murray valley. The area is home to the three largest River Red-Gum Forests in Australia - the Barmah-Millewa, Koondrook-Perricoota and the Werai. It is also home to over 2,000 identified wetlands, most of which are located on private properties
Our members have a long history of proactively working with Governments to identify and implement environmental solutions beginning in the early 1990's with the development of the Barmah-Millewa environmental allocation and installation of regulators within the forest. From 1995 to 2010 the region invested in the land and water management program taking a holistic approach to addressing issues such as rising water table and soil salinity. Since the turn of the century the private property wetlands watering program has been successfully implemented across the district to improve environmental resilience, support bird breeding events and build native frog numbers including the endangered Southern Bel Frog. This program has now been expanded to Ricegrowers Associations in conjunction with Birdlife Australia are working to protect the endangered Australasian Bittern.
Irrigators are committed to ensuring their farms and our region are sustainable into the future. We want to leave our land better ecological condition for the next generation.