Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Everybody needs to have healthy rivers. No-one wins when our rivers die. And what’s been happening for a long time now is we’ve pulled so much water out of the rivers that they’re living as though it’s drought, ages before the drought itself actually arrives….

More than a River – The Murray-Darling system and its people
Snowy River environmental flows 2011

Snowy River environmental flows 2011

The Snowy River is raging once again thanks to an agreement by the New South Wales, Victorian and Australian governments. In the 40 years Jill and Bruce Hodges have lived by the Snowy River, they’ve never seen it quite like this before. Bruce Hodges: “Well…

WATER DOWN UNDER The Great Artesian Basin Story

WATER DOWN UNDER The Great Artesian Basin Story

For thousands of years, the Great Artesian Basin has held the Dreaming stories of the Indigenous nations that live on it and from it. In one story, the hunter Kakakutanha followed the trail of the rainbow serpent all the way to Bidalinha in South Australia,…

The Water Cycle in the Murray-Darling Basin

The Water Cycle in the Murray-Darling Basin

Stacee: Hi, my name is Stacee. Here I am in front of a shearing shed at Savernake station in southern New South Wales. As you can see, the shearing shed is very old. It was built in 1912, and it’s still used today. Inside the…

Capping and Piping in The Great Artesian Basin

Capping and Piping in The Great Artesian Basin

A hundred years ago drilling for artesian water wasn’t an easy job. The old bore drillers were as tough as nails. They used to work through 50 degree heat in the summer and freezing cold conditions in the winter. Well when dad and mum started…

How The Great Artesian Basin works

How The Great Artesian Basin works

Water in the desert. Imagine what that meant to the early inhabitants of inland Australia in one of the harshest and most arid places on the planet for them to know that they had permanent access to fresh water and wetlands. No wonder Australia’s natural…