River Country

Friends of the Earth's River Country has campaigned for 18 years with Indigenous nations along the Murray River to protect over 250,000 ha of Red Gum Forests in new national parks and conservation reserves. Today we support Traditional Owners with their aspirations of caring for country and fight for the mighty Red Gum forests to ensure their survival for generations to come.

river_pic.png      OUR MISSION

To see a flourishing Murray-Darling Basin where Indigenous peoples enjoy sovereign rights to country.


Ensure environmental water is delivered in full and with integrity under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Stand with communities who oppose developments that risk local Red Gum Forests, lakes and floodplains

Support Traditional Owners in their fight for sovereignty and co-management of their land and water. 

Latest News

Victoria and New South Wales have released new criteria prioritising economic outcomes for water recovery projects under the Murray Darling Basin Plan We all know the network of rivers in the Basin is invaluable to communities and indigenous culture. The Basin Plan was developed to restore the health of our river ecosystems after a century of over extraction brought them to the brink of collapse. The environment was to come first because we can't survive if we kill the river. The question begs, are water ministers acting to support all life in the Basin? Read more

The Story So Far... River Country has long campaigned for river red gums along the Murray. Our Story in 2018 is one of connecting with grassroots in Victoria and further a field, building momentum and bringing creative flare to the water debate. Read more

Discussions between traditional owners and government stakeholders have left cracks in dry soil.  Last week, River Country facilitated a long awaited discussion between traditional owners, concerned community members and government representatives from Mallee CMA, DELWP and Parks Victoria in Nyah-Vinifera on Wadi Wadi Country. The four-hour long meeting saw tensions arise as took community shared their concerns for park management after changes in the Murray Darling Basin Plan. Read more

Have you heard the news? Last week the Federal Government slashed the Murray Darling Basin Plan by one fifth. The Basin Plan was an agreement to restore the health of the river after drought and decades of over extraction had decimated the ecological communities on the river. The river has been sick for a long time, the Darling has run dry, and fish, birdlife and wetlands are struggling near the mouth of the Murray. This change is one more nail in the coffin. Read more