Murray–Darling Basin Economic Development Program

The Murray–Darling Basin Economic Development Program is supporting economic development projects in identified communities impacted by water recovery under the Basin Plan.

Funding will help eligible communities to develop their economies, increase job opportunities, and enhance their resilience to manage current and future economic challenges.

To select communities eligible for funding under this program, we have considered information including research by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority in its Northern Basin review - social and economic condition reports and the 2017 Basin Plan evaluation.

Round 2 – now closed

Round 2 of the Murray–Darling Basin Economic Development Program closed for applications on 20 February 2020.

It will provide up to $15 million of funding over four years (2019–20 to 2022–23) to support 31 communities impacted by water recovery.

Round 1 projects underway

Round 1 of the Murray–Darling Basin Economic Development Program closed for applications in March 2019.

Up to $24.4 million will be provided to 42 projects over 4 years.

Thirty seven of the 42 approved projects are now underway.

Projects funded under Round 1

Entity Community State Project Short Name Funding Offered (GST excl)
Walgett Shire Council Collarenebri NSW Creating capacity, industry and connection in the Collarenebri Community $476,000
Walgett Shire Council Collarenebri NSW Collarenebri Showground Refurbishment $488,000
Warren Shire Council Warren NSW Improvement of Regional Structures $3,521,588
Wakool Community Progress Association Wakool NSW Wakool Silo Art Project $39,310
Western Murray Land Improvement Group Incorporated Wakool NSW Agrisystem Development $500,000
Western Murray Land Improvement Group Incorporated Wakool NSW Business Development and Innovation Project $500,000
Balonne Shire Council Dirranbandi QLD Dirranbandi Rural Transaction Centre Hub - E-Technology Upgrade and Pilot $82,500
Dirranbandi Landcare Group Inc Dirranbandi QLD Dirranbandi Seasons - Landscape Information Boards $12,915
Balonne Shire Council Dirranbandi QLD Dirranbandi Thermal Hot Springs $875,000
Balonne Shire Council Dirranbandi QLD Dirranbandi Showgrounds - Irrigation Upgrade $70,000
Balonne Shire Council Dirranbandi QLD Business Improvement Scheme $492,000
Balonne Shire Council Dirranbandi
St George
QLD Balonne Shire Digital Connectivity Project - Stages 3 & 4 $1,000,000
Balonne Shire Council Dirranbandi
St George
QLD Business Mentoring Project $499,100
Balonne Shire Council Dirranbandi
St George
QLD Wild Dog Exclusion Fencing $5,000,000
Care Balonne Assn Inc Dirranbandi
St George
QLD Digital literacy and business marketing workshops $95,000
Goondir Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders Corporation for Health Services Dirranbandi
St George
QLD Goondir Health Services - St George Community Well Being Centre (CWBC) $500,000
South West Indigenous Corporation St George QLD Indigenous Languages and Cultural Immersion Project $500,000
Weribone Jack Family Descendants Aboriginal Corporation St George QLD WJC Cultural Learning Ground $40,000
Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corp Cunnamulla QLD Chronic Disease and Wellbeing Centre $710,000
Coorong District Council Lower Lakes SA Meningie Jetty Upgrade for Vessels $500,000
Coorong District Council Lower Lakes SA Revitalising Raukkan Walk, Ride, Stay and Play $500,000
Goolwa To Wellington Local Action Planning Association Incorporated Lower Lakes SA Lower Lakes Visitor Access Trails $247,580
Milang and District Community Association Incorporated Lower Lakes SA Milang Lakeside Butter Factory Restoration $308,260
District Council of Loxton Waikerie Loxton SA Loxton Tourist Park Upgrade $500,024
District Council of Loxton Waikerie Loxton SA Loxton Wharf Upgrade Project $350,000
Mid Murray Council Swan Reach SA The Swan Reach and Nildottie River Murray Maritime Trail $130,000
Mid Murray Council Swan Reach SA Swan Reach and Nildottie Tourism Project Murray Coorong Trail $438,789
Barmera Golf Club Inc Cobdogla-Barmera SA Barmera Golf Club Clubhouse Upgrade $205,756
Berri Barmera Council Cobdogla-Barmera SA Lake Bonney Nature and Cultural Tourism Project $500,000
Moorook Kingston-On-Murray Community Association Incorporated Cobdogla-Barmera SA Moorook Ecotourism Trail $236,880
Berri Hotel Incorporated Berri SA Berri Hotel Incorporated Accommodation Development (stage 1) $500,000
District Council of Loxton Waikerie Berri
Cobdogla-Barmera
Loxton
SA Riverland Smart Agricultural Project $500,000
Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland Incorporated Berri
Cobdogla-Barmera
Loxton
Swan Reach
SA The Murray River Agritourism and Food Regional Development Program $250,000
Campaspe Shire Council Rochester VIC Rochester Riverside Holiday Park Re-invigoration $500,000
Campaspe Shire Council Rochester VIC Rochester Revitalisation $448,000
Rochester Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc Rochester VIC Rochester Business Network - Tourism and Marketing Project $500,000
Chaffey Aged Care Incorporated Merbein VIC Chaffey Early Learning Centre $500,000
Dried Fruits Australia Inc Colignan
Merbein
Red Cliffs
VIC Generating agtech capacity to deliver high yielding dried grape production $396,520
Red Cliffs and Community Aged Care Red Cliffs VIC Community Health Building for the Red Cliffs community $203,680
Red Cliffs Golf Club Inc Red Cliffs VIC Red Cliffs Golf Club supporting the local community by providing a RV camping site $245,760
Sunraysia Rural Counselling Service Inc Colignan
Merbein
Red Cliffs
Rochester
Wakool
VIC SunRCS Small Biz Plus Community $500,000
Murray Darling Association Incorporated All 15 Communities VIC
NSW
QLD
SA
Basin Communities Leadership Program $500,000

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Last reviewed: 21 February 2020
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