Our Achievements

MDWWG Achievement - Funding-01
10 million Funds raised since 1996 from a mix of sources in government, water trading, donations and prize money.
MDWWG Achievements - Environmental Watering-01
1998-2007: Delivered 75,000 Megalitres to 200 wetlands, over 71,000 ha.
MDWWG Achievements - Landholders-01
1998-2007: Worked with over 200 landholders, implemented over $1 million in on-ground works.
MDWWG Achievements - Landholders-01
2012-2017: Worked with over 400 landholders supporting wetland health on their land, covering over 3000 ha.
MDWWG Achievements - Environmental Watering-01
2014-2018: Delivered 3000 Megalitres to 20 wetlands, over 1000 ha works.
MDWWG Achievements - Partnering-01
Over 25 years, have worked with over 200 Partner organisations across government, NGO and the private sector.

“I highly recommend the Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group to investors or philanthropists who might consider supporting this unique organisation. They can be confident that supporting the Group is an investment in the health of our largest river network through an engaged and local network.”

– George Warne, Former MD & CEO of Murray Irrigation Ltd, former Board of Murray Darling Basin Authority



In 2018, the Nimmie-Caira Consortium was chosen as the successful proponent for the future stewardship of Nimmie-Caira – 85,000 hectares of important, internationally  significant Murrumbidgee floodplain in southern NSW. This represents a once-in-a generation opportunity to create a new, sustainably managed and financed conservation property for the benefit of people and nature. Consortium members are the MDWWG, the Nari Nari Tribal Council, The Nature Conservancy Australia and the Centre for Ecosystem Science at the University of NSW.

In 2017, the Group celebrated 25 years of restoring wetlands in the Murray-Darling Basin.

The Nature Conservancy, Kilter Rural and Murray Darling Wetlands launch the Murray-Darling Basin Balanced Water Fund. In November 2017, The Nature Conservancy, Kilter Rural and the Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group received Australia’s premier environment prize, a Banksia Award, in the natural capital category for establishing the Murray-Darling Basin Balanced Water Fund.


The Group acquires the NSW Nature Conservation’s Water Fund and launches the Environmental Water Trust in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. Launch of Riverspace – an initiative that links people to wetland and river projects improving the condition of these vital places.

Chief Executive Officer of the Murray Darling Wetlands Ltd, Deborah Nias is awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate water trusts in the United States of America.


The Global Restoration Network awarded the Group a place in the Top 25 Australasian Ecological Restoration Projects for its project of watering wetlands on private property. The project was selected as one of the most outstanding restoration projects in Australia and New Zealand. The Group becomes a company limited by guarantee and expands its area of operation into Victoria.

In recognition of its achievements, particularly the watering of private wetlands, the Group won the prestigious Thiess National Theiss Riverprize with a prize of $100,000.


The Group was one of four finalists in the Theiss Services National Riverprize. This national award recognised excellent work by community groups in managing and restoring rivers and waterways.

NSW RiverCare 2000 Diamond Award – presented to Murray Wetland Working Group member, Vin Byrne, in recognition of his outstanding contribution towards healthy and productive river environments.


In 1998, the Group begins managing and delivering 32,000 megalitres of water each year to wetlands in NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.

NSW RiverCare 2000 Silver Award – presented by the NSW Government in recognition of the Moira Lake Wetland Rehabilitation Project.


The NSW Murray Wetlands Working Group was formed. Operating originally in only New South Wales, the Group would eventually change its name to Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group to reflect its area of operation across the Murray Darling Basin in NSW and Victoria.