The Victorian Murray Floodplain Restoration Project (VMFRP) will get much needed water back onto nine high-value floodplains along the Murray River. Without this water, these iconic landscapes will continue to decline – along with the many native trees, animals and plants that depend on them.

Floodplains and wetlands have been increasingly disconnected from the Murray River over the years with population growth and river regulation. The VMFRP plans to remove blockages that stop water flowing into creeks and implement options to manage water effectively and efficiently on the floodplain at the nine sites.

This water will bring new life and help these nine ecologically significant floodplains to survive and cope with future dry conditions and drought, so they can continue to be enjoyed by future generations.

The VMFRP is being implemented as part of Victoria’s obligations under the Murray–Darling Basin Plan in partnership with Lower Murray Water, Goulburn-Murray Water, Mallee Catchment Management Authority, North Central Catchment Management Authority, Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. The VMFRP is funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment.

Visit the VMFRP library for fact sheets, maps and more.

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EES resources

EES portal

Visit our EES portal for technical information including interactive maps, site documents, videos and environmental assessments.

Field in Focus

Watch our Field in Focus technical presentation series for insights into studies assessing potential environmental benefits and impacts of these projects.

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Read all about it in the Floodplain Babbler!

The fourth edition of the Floodplain Babbler is now online. Named after the noisy and gregarious Babbler bird, this quarterly newsletter will keep you updated on our planned work to restore nine much-loved Murray River floodplains.

Floodplain heroes – Bringing back the bittern at Murrabit West

Our floodplain heroes series features local people doing amazing work to restore floodplain spaces along the Murray River. Meet Ken and Jill Hooper who are returning their property at Murrabit West to a series of wetlands surrounded by bushland and open grasses.

Meet the team – Susan Saris

Say hello to Susan Saris, the Environment Team Leader at VMFRP project partner, Lower Murray Water! Susan's two passions are walking and canoeing and she loves getting out onto the floodplains.