Murray–Darling Basin Economic Development Program

​​​​​​​​The Murray–Darling Basin Economic Development Program will provide up to $24.4 million of funding over 4 years for economic development projects that support communities most impacted by water recovery under the Basin Plan. Funding for economic development projects will assist eligible communities to develop their economies, increase job opportunities and enhance their resilience to manage current and future economic challenges.

A list of projects approved by the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources can be found below.

EntityCommunityStateProject Short NameFunding Offered (GST excl)
Walgett Shire CouncilCollarenebriNSWCreating capacity, industry and connection in the Collarenebri Community$476,000
Walgett Shire CouncilCollarenebriNSWRefurbishment of the Collarenebri Showground Grandstand and Associated Jockeys room, Bar and Kitchen Facilities$488,000
Warren Shire CouncilWarrenNSWImprove Regional Structures to facilitate Economic Development$3,521,588
Wakool Community Progress AssociationWakoolNSWWakool Silo Art Project$39,310
Western Murray Land Improvement Group IncorporatedWakoolNSWAgrisystem Development$500,000
Western Murray Land Improvement Group IncorporatedWakoolNSWKnowledge, Innovation and Investment; Wakool Regional Technology Integration; Education, Workforce Capabilities and Business Proposal; Tourism Development Facilitator (proposal to merge 4 projects into 1) $500,000
Balonne Shire CouncilDirranbandiQLDDirranbandi Rural Transaction Centre Hub - E-Technology Upgrade$82,500
Dirranbandi Landcare Group IncDirranbandiQLDDirranbandi Seasons - a series of landscape information boards$12,915
Balonne Shire CouncilDirranbandiQLDDirranbandi Thermal Hot Springs$875,000
Balonne Shire CouncilDirranbandiQLDDirranbandi Showgrounds - Irrigation Upgrade$70,000
Balonne Shire CouncilDirranbandiQLDDirranbandi Business Revitalisation and Shopfront Beautification Grants$492,000
Balonne Shire CouncilDirranbandi
St George
QLDBalonne Shire Digital Connectivity Project - Stage 3 & 4 - St George & Dirranbandi$1,000,000
Balonne Shire CouncilDirranbandi
St George
QLDBuilding Business in the Balonne Shire through Coaching, Connections & Champions$499,100
Balonne Shire CouncilDirranbandi
St George
QLDDirranbandi & St George Wild Dog Exclusion Fencing$5,000,000
Care Balonne Assn IncDirranbandi
St George
QLDDigital literacy and business marketing workshops St George and Dirranbandi$95,000
Goondir Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders Corporation for Health ServicesDirranbandi
St George
QLDGoondir Health Services - St George Community Well Being Centre (CWBC)$500,000
South West Indigenous CorporationSt GeorgeQLDThe Preservation and Dissemination of local Indigenous Language and Culture through the SWIC Oral and Visual Immersion Project$500,000
Weribone Jack Family Descendants Aboriginal CorporationSt GeorgeQLDWJC Cultural Learning Ground$40,000
Cunnamulla Aboriginal CorpCunnamullaQLDChronic Disease and Wellbeing Centre$710,000
Coorong District CouncilLower LakesSAMeningie Jetty Upgrade and Floating Pontoon$500,000
Coorong District CouncilLower LakesSARevitalising Raukkan Walk, Ride, Stay and Play$500,000
Goolwa To Wellington Local Action Planning Association IncorporatedLower LakesSAEnhancing and increasing nature-based tourism, visitation and recreation to boost economic activity in the River Murray Lower Lakes Region through improved public access, facilities and ecological health.$247,580
Milang and District Community Association IncorporatedLower LakesSAMilang Lakeside Butter Factory Restoration$308,260
District Council of Loxton WaikerieLoxtonSALoxton Tourist Park Upgrade$500,024
District Council of Loxton WaikerieLoxtonSALoxton Wharf Upgrade Project$350,000
Mid Murray CouncilSwan ReachSAThe Swan Reach and Nildottie River Murray Maritime Trail$130,000
Mid Murray CouncilSwan ReachSASwan Reach and Nildottie Tourism Project Murray Coorong Trail$438,791
Barmera Golf Club IncCobdogla-BarmeraSABarmera Golf Club Clubhouse Facility Upgrade$205,756
Berri Barmera CouncilCobdogla-BarmeraSALake Bonney Nature and Cultural Tourism Project$500,000
Moorook Kingston-On-Murray Community Association IncorporatedCobdogla-BarmeraSAMoorook Ecotourism Trail$236,880
Berri Hotel IncorporatedBerriSABerri Hotel Incorporated Accommodation Development (stage 1)$500,000
District Council of Loxton WaikerieBerri
SARiverland Smart Agricultural Project building an agricultural entrepreneurial ecosystem$500,000
Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland IncorporatedBerri
Swan Reach
SAThe Murray River Agritourism and Food Cluster$250,000
Campaspe Shire CouncilRochesterVICRochester Riverside Holiday Park Re-invigoration$500,000
Campaspe Shire CouncilRochesterVICRochester Revitilisation$448,000
Rochester Chamber of Commerce and Industry IncRochesterVICRochester Business Network - Tourism and Marketing Project$500,000
Chaffey Aged Care IncorporatedMerbeinVICChaffey Generations Early Learning Centre (construction of a 100 place early learning centre for children aged 0-6 years)$500,000
Dried Fruits Australia IncColignan
Red Cliffs
VICGenerating agtech capacity to deliver high yielding dried grape production benefitting Merbein, Red Cliffs and Colignan communities and meeting market demands.$396,520
Red Cliffs Community Aged CareRed CliffsVICCommunity Health Building for the Red Cliffs community$203,680
Red Cliffs Golf Club IncRed CliffsVICDevelop a community based tourist attraction using water reuse infrastructure to strengthen the local economy through employment opportunities$245,760
Sunraysia Rural Counselling Service IncColignan
Red Cliffs
VICSunRCS Small Biz Plus Community$500,000
Murray Darling Association IncorporatedAll 15 CommunitiesVIC
Murray Darling Association Basin Communities Leadership Program$500,000

Contact us

For questions about the program, please contact us at MDBEDP.

Further information about the Program

This program is part of a package of initiatives to support implementation of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan.

Eligible communities

Communities eligible for funding under this program are listed alphabetically. Click on each link for a detailed map showing the community eligible for funding. If you are having trouble accessing these maps, contact us for help.

How communities were selected

Communities selected for funding under this program are those where economic conditions have been most impacted by water recovery under the Basin Plan. We considered a range of information to identify these communities, including research by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA).

Read MDBA’s research, including detailed profiles of individual communities1, on their website:

1Note: MDBA community profile not available for Cunnamulla. The department identified the community of Cunnamulla as eligible for support due to water recovery that occurred after the MDBA research, as well as its remote and rural nature as specified in the Basin commitments package.

Other opportunities for support

While this program is focused on assisting 15 communities, there are other state and federal government programs designed to assist communities more broadly. For information on other Australian Government grants programs visit GrantConnect. In addition to this program there are other funding opportunities to improve water access for Indigenous people in the Murray–Darling Basin. ​