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)


Putting the call out for community input into floodplain projects

Expressions of Interest are being sought from community members, forest user groups, Traditional Owners, and industry representatives keen to provide advice and input into two proposed VMFRP sites in north central Victoria.

Expressions of interest for Stakeholder Advisory Groups for Guttrum-Benwell and Gunbower projects

Expressions of interest are sought from interested community members, forest user groups, Traditional Owners, and industry representatives to participate in two separate VMFRP Stakeholder Advisory Groups.

Community central to next step – environmental assessment process

Victoria's effort to restore and protect nine areas of high-value Murray River floodplain will prioritise community engagement and consultation, as it moves into the formal environmental assessment process.