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.

Listen to the relaxing sounds of Hattah Lakes (2021)

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.

Field in Focus presentation series now online

Our Field in Focus series is designed to give the community some early insights into the work and observations of some of our specialists. Watch the first of our technical presentations.

Monitoring Black Box at Hattah Lakes

Ever wondered how to tell if Black Box trees are doing well? Join David Wood, ecologist and program manager for The Living Murray at Mallee CMA, as he walks through the Black Box trees at Hattah Lakes.

Victorian Murray Floodplains webinar now online!

If you missed out on our recent webinar, you can watch it online at Find out how the VMFRP will enable Victoria to meet its commitments to the Murray–Darling Basin Plan objectives while balancing the needs of all Victorian water users.