The Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations or MLDRIN is a not-for-profit company that acts as an advocacy body for Indigenous water rights in the Murray Darling Basin.
The Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations is a confederation of First Nations from the Southern part of the Murray Darling Basin, in South-Eastern Australia. The member Nations of MLDRIN recognize the value of a united voice to progress their unique rights, values and interests in water management. The group currently includes representation from the following 25 Sovereign First Nations.
The group currently compromises of delegates from the Barkindji, Dhudhuroa, Dja Dja Wurrung, Latji Latj, Maraura, Barapa Barapa, Mutti Mutti, Nari Nari, Ngarrindjeri, Ngintait, Ngunnawal, Nyeri Nyeri, Tatti Tatti, Taungurung, Wadi Wadi, Wamba Wamba, Waywurru, Wegi Wegi, Wergaia, Wiradjuri, Wolgalu, Wotjabaluk, Yaitmathang, Yita Yita and Yorta Yorta First Nations.
The Murray Lower Darling Indigenous Nations Full Delegation is the main representative and decision-making structure of the organisation.
Each Nation that is part of the Confederation may nominate two delegates (usually one male and one female) to be representatives. These individuals make up the MLDRIN Delegation. Delegates have the important responsibility of sharing information back to their broader Nation group and raising relevant matters for discussion at MLDRIN Gatherings.
MLDRIN meetings, known as Full Gatherings, are held between two and three times a year at locations across the Southern Basin. All Delegates are invited to attend the Gatherings. Guests and presenters from government agencies, NGOs and community groups also participate.
For minutes of recent Full Gatherings, MLDRIN Delegates can login to the member’s section.
Each Nation has one, equal vote in all decisions made by the Full Delegation. All major decisions are made by resolution during full gatherings. Most decisions are determined by a majority vote of the Delegates, but in some cases a special resolution, entailing a two thirds majority vote is required.
Many of the day-to-day decisions are made by the MLDRIN Board of Directors. The Board is made up of seven to eight Delegates who are voted in at the MLDRIN Annual General Meeting, every second year.