Lower Murray Flood Plain Project

About the project

Regional Development Australia Murraylands & Riverland is proud to announce the launch of the Lower Murray Flood Plain (LMFP) Project. The project will be undertaken in two stages. Stage 1 will involve the investigation of viable land use options of the fertile floodplain and then assess the necessary amendments to planning regulations that will need to be undertaken to enable these land uses to occur.

Stage 2 of the LMFP Project will surround implementation of the recommendations of the LMFP Report developed in Stage 1.

Why is this important?

Since the drought and the subsequent decline in dairies on the Lower Murray Flood Plain, much of the flood plain is currently underutilised. The area consists of some of the most fertile land in the southern hemisphere which could be used by a number of industries such as horticulture and tourism to gain maximum economic return from this resource for the region. This study aims to identify the best use of the land along the flood plain through review of soil types, water quality and other environmental and social factors.

Stage 1

Stage 1 to be undertaken in 2013 will involve the engagement of a consultant to undertake the study. This land use study and development plan review will identify viable land use options of the fertile floodplain and then assess the necessary amendments to planning regulations that will need to be undertaken to enable these land uses to occur.

Stage 1 will involve a review of current literature and policy documents, public consultation, economic analysis of land use options and the development of a report with recommendations as to what should be done for the future.

To find out more about Stage 1 of this project Click here

To view the Final Report and its appendices Click Here

Stage 2

Stage 2 is to be started in 2015 and will involve the development of projects and initiatives to action the recommendations of the Stage 1 report.

More information on Stage 2 will be available soon.

Partners

The Lower Murray Flood Plain project is the result of successful collaboration between RDA Murraylands & Riverland, the Rural City of Murray Bridge, the Mid Murray Council, the Coorong District Council, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), the South Australian Murray Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board (SA MDB NRM), and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI).