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First Nations propose changes to Australia’s Water Act

The Water Act is ‘substantially inconsistent’ with Australia’s commitments to international conventions, a Traditional Owner group will today tell the South Australian Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. The Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN), which represents Traditional Owner organisations across the Murray-Darling Basin, will today give evidence to the Royal Commission. MLDRIN’s...
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Basin Plan deal a positive step for First Nations, but bad for the environment

Basin Plan deal means progress for First Nations, but a backward step for the environment The peak body of Traditional Owners in the Southern Murray Darling Basin has described an agreement struck yesterday between the Federal Government and the Australia Labor Party as a positive step towards recognition of Aboriginal water rights, but a backward...
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Get the Basin Plan back on track!

In the lead up this week’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting, MLDRIN has joined with 21 environment, Indigenous and community groups today to call on State and Commonwealth governments to get on with the job of implementing the Murray Darling Basin Plan. ‘Dramatic’ declines The rivers, wetlands and floodplain forests of the Murray Darling...
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Ministers told: stop undermining the Basin Plan

Media Release (16th March 2017) Community delegation calls on water ministers to stop undermining the Murray-Darling Basin Plan Community delegation speak ahead of meeting with state and territory water ministers State & federal water ministers need to get out of the way of long term solution A delegation of Aboriginal people, farmers and conservationists will...
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Groundwater workshops for Traditional Owners

The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is proposing to change extraction limits for groundwater in a number of regions in NSW and Victoria. In some cases, the changes will mean more water can be taken from underground aquifers for use by industry and agriculture. Traditional Owners have a right to have our voices and perspectives...
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2016 MLDRIN Wrap Up

2016 has been a big year for Indigenous water rights in Australia and around the world! As part of MLDRIN’s commitment to report back to our member nations, we’ve prepared a wrap-up of key activities and outcomes throughout the year. This is just a sample of some of the work MLDRIN has been involved throughout...
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Northern Basin Review sells Traditional Owners short

Traditional Owners in the Southern Murray-Darling Basin have condemned the findings of the Northern Basin Review, announced at a special briefing in Canberra today. The Murray Darling Basin Authority has recommended a 70 gigalitre (GL) cut to water recovery for the environment in the Northern Basin, down to 320 GL from 390 GL. ‘Cutting water...
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Congratulations to our new Board!

At MLDRIN’s Annual General Meeting, held in Horsham on the 12th November 2016, our Members elected 7 Directors and a new Chair and Deputy Chair. The new Board of Directors will oversee the management and operation of the organisation for the coming two years, up till 2018 – MLDRIN’s 20 year anniversary! MLDRIN would like...
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Victorian Water Plan an historic step for Traditional Owners

The Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN) have welcomed a new Water Plan launched by the Victorian Government today as an exciting and historic step towards justice and wellbeing for Aboriginal people. The Plan establishes a pathway towards genuine recognition of Victorian Traditional Owners’ rights to manage and own water resources. Nearly $5 million...
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MLDRIN helps Indigenous Nations delegates and individual in building Capacity and expertise

Volunteer position available!

Would you like to work with a leading Aboriginal organisation on exciting new projects that will build Traditional Owner’s involvement in water management? MLDRIN is seeking volunteers to work on Aboriginal Waterways Assessment projects  in Victoria. Context of the role The Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN) is a representative confederation of Traditional Owner...
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Membership on MLDRIN Confederation is for recognised traditional groups or Nations. These were also sometimes called “tribes”, “tribal groups” or “language groups”. This recognition is not just from non-Indigenous sources but from self-identification and collective Indigenous recognition.