There are a number of partnerships in place between the Commonwealth and other organisations around the use of Commonwealth environmental water. These partnerships support the efficient and effective delivery of Commonwealth environmental water.
Australian Landscape Trust
The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder and Australian Landscape Trust signed a Collaboration Deed in September 2020 focussed on improving the health of the internationally important Calperum Floodplain, near Renmark in South Australia. The partnership follows several years of Commonwealth environmental delivery to wetlands on the floodplain, as well as a case study trial of the Black Box Management Framework at the site. The station managers have used their experience from the trial and previous watering actions to develop an evidence-based plan for targeting the most important factors influencing the health of the Calperum floodplain. The five-year plan includes Commonwealth environmental water delivery along with a range of infrastructure and complementary natural resource management actions to tackle threats to the health of the floodplain in an integrated way.
Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board
Following a partnership with the previous South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board, a new agreement is in place with the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board. The Board has managed a number of important wetland sites along the South Australian Murray over the last decade, many of which have received Commonwealth environmental water. The renewed partnership agreement strengthens the working relationship between the two organisations and will enable continued planning, delivery and monitoring of outcomes at sites where water is needed to maintain and improve native water-dependent plants and animals, including threatened species, with involvement from a range of community groups.
Renmark Irrigation Trust
The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder and Renmark Irrigation Trust signed a Partnership Agreement in April 2016. The Partnership will see Commonwealth environmental watering in the Renmark area to rehabilitate areas affected by salt from rising water tables. Watering will increase the abundance and health of vegetation and native fish populations, such as expanding areas of Black Box and restoring River Red gums. This is a five year Partnership, which is the first of its kind between the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder and an irrigation water provider.
Partnership Agreements with State delivery partners
Many different people and organisations work together to decide how, when and where water for the environment will be delivered across the Basin. To maximise environmental outcomes, the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office has established Partnership Agreements with Basin State environmental water management agencies to deliver water for the environment. These Agreements will support the effective delivery of environmental water to improve the health of water-dependent ecosystems and the broader Murray-Darling Basin.
Partnership Agreements enable the efficient delivery of water by using frameworks and operational arrangements that are set out by states. These tools ensure that the benefits of water for the environment are squeezed out of every last drop. Under these partnerships, Commonwealth and state-led forums are held to bring together environmental water holders, river operators and other stakeholders to deliver water for the environment.
Partnership agreement 2020-25 - NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (PDF - 2.09 MB)
Partnership agreement 2020-25 - NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DOCX - 1.11 MB)