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.

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EES resources

EES portal

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Field in Focus

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

VMFRP

Floodplain rescue mission sparks local interest

SWAN Hill and Nyah residents have shown keen interest in Victoria’s plan to save priority Murray River floodplains, with more than 100 people taking time to learn about projects planned for the Nyah and Vinifera Park.

VMFRP colouring collaboration winners announced!

The prize winners for our colouring collaboration have now been announced. We loved seeing all the creative ways that you coloured our amazing floodplains!

EES/ER technical studies under way across all VMFRP sites

Our technical specialists are currently busy assessing the benefits and potential impacts associated with construction and operation of the planned VMFRP works. These technical studies give us critical information to ensure we maximise all benefits and appropriately manage any risks.