Using the AWA on Country

Funding for Victorian AWAs

MLDRIN has received funding from the Victorian Government to run six Aboriginal Waterways Assessment (AWA) projects in Victorian Water Resource Plan areas! The funding is an exciting opportunity for Traditional Owners to use the AWA tool and document the cultural values and environmental health of waterways on Country. All information and data arising from the...
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Basin water recovery action needed

MLDRIN has joined seventeen other Indigenous and environment groups to call on Basin governments not to weaken or delay Basin water recovery targets, ahead of a  Ministerial Council meeting this Friday (22nd April). Please see the joint statement below No more delays to Murray-Darling Basin Plan A coalition of eighteen environment, Indigenous and community groups has called...
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Basin Inquiry report an insult to First Nations

The Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN) has rejected the report of a Select Committee into the Murray Darling Basin Plan as an insulting waste of taxpayer’s money. The report, released on the 17th March , coincides with national Close the Gap Day and comes as Traditional Owners and local communities face the cultural...
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Water Act change a small step for justice

The Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN) says changes to the Commonwealth Water Act 2007, brought into Federal Parliament today, are a small step towards water justice for Aboriginal people. The Water Amendment (Review Implementation and Other Measures) Bill 2015 includes some small changes that will help to reinforce the importance of proper Indigenous...
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Basin Plan Inquiry

How important is a healthy river to you and your community? Did you know that there is an Inquiry into the Murray-Darling Basin Plan happening right now? Cross-bench Senators have launched an inquiry into the ‘positive and negative’ impacts of the Plan. It follows angry protests from farmers, who claim that returning water to the environment...
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Cultural impacts of supply measures need scrutiny

Media Release: 28th August 2015 Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN) The peak Traditional Owner group in the Southern Murray Darling Basin has called for a comprehensive assessment of the impacts of ‘supply measures’ on Aboriginal cultural values, as an independent stocktake of the projects was released yesterday. State Governments have submitted 36 projects...
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Strengthening Connections

The Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN) have welcomed the launch of the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s Strengthening Connections document. Strengthening Connections is the MDBA’s first reconciliation action plan, it outlines the organisation’s vision for equitable engagement with Aboriginal people and a range of actions to implement that vision. MLDRIN works closely with the MDBA by providing...
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Traditional Owners speak out on water buy-back cap

Media Release: 28th May 2015 The peak body of Traditional owners from the Southern Murray Darling Basin has expressed concern about the impacts of a Bill brought into Federal Parliament today to limit buy-backs of water for the environment at 1500 gigalitres (GL). Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN) Chair Darren Perry called for...
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Check out MLDRIN’s new Newsletter. The Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN) have produced a new quarterly newsletter. The Autumn edition of MLDRIN News includes updates, news, photos and opportunities for engagement. You can view the newsletter online here. If you’d like to contribute news, stories or photos, we’d love to hear from you....
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First Nations call for Water Partnership

An alliance of 46 Sovereign First Nations from across the Murray Darling Basin has proposed a new partnership between government and Traditional Owners as the recently appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Water, Bob Baldwin and incoming Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) Chair Neil Andrew tour the Murrumbidgee this week. View media coverage of this story: ABC,...
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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.