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.

OUR CAMPAIGN GOALS

Stand with communities who oppose developments in their local Red Gum Forest

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

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


Latest News



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


The River Country campaign is calling on the Victorian Government to stop undermining the Murray-Darling Basin Plan (MDBP). City and country people are rising up to demand that Murray-Darling Rivers are kept alive! The Federal Governments is trying to reduce the amount of environmental water that was promised for our precious Red Gum forests. Last year the NSW Government was accused of corruption and allowing water theft to occur, and now Victorian Minister for water Lisa Neville has decided to side with NSW by threatening to walk away from the MDBP. That's why last month, people from around Victoria came together... Read more


Last year was a big year for the Murray Darling. The Darling ran dry, Four Corners exposed upstream water theft thrusting our river into the national spotlight and bickering over the Murray Darling Basin Plan threatened to cut back the amount water that is returned to the environment. With a Victorian State Election and a key decision about the fate of the Murray Darling Basin Plan pending for February, 2018 is shaping up to be even bigger. Read more


National Parks are protected right? They are the last remaining vestiges of land in Australia that are no longer cut down, hunted in or dug up. Think again. As we speak, there are large machines pushing, breaking and cutting down Red Gum trees and trampling vegetation in the Murray Valley National Park (MVNP) in NSW, Australia. It looked bad on paper, and it looks even worse in real life. It is almost unbelievable that we are employing loggers to go back into our National Parks.                               ... Read more