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Inland Rivers Network

NCC is a proud member of the Inland Rivers Network (IRN), a coalition of environmental groups and individuals that has been advocating for healthy rivers, wetlands and groundwater in the Murray-Darling Basin since 1991.

The world's longest blue-green algae bloom in the Darling-Baaka River was a wake-up call for all Australian's that our largest inland river system had serious problems. Decades of over-extraction and over-development of irrigated agriculture on the world's driest inhabited continent has caused long-term damage to our rivers, wetlands, floodplains, native fish, water birds and other wildlife.

The process of reforming how water is managed in Australia commenced from that time.

IRN has been at the table for over 30 years, advocating on behalf of native fish, water birds, First Nations' cultural values and downstream communities in the Basin for a fairer share of water and a return to the natural variability of our inland river systems.

The Murray-Darling Basin Plan is the outcome of many years of campaigning by communities and conservationists to restore the river system back to health.

NCC will continue to work closely with IRN to advocate for fairer water sharing in NSW, and the full implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Find out more about IRN here online, or by emailing [email protected]