Stories

Read more about our region and the importance
of water to our communities, industries and the economy.

Overview

The Murrumbidgee region owes its social and economic success today to the irrigation industry that was established in the early 1900s. Relying on the major river system where it got its name, the region has grown and thrived as a result of the vast water supply and rich fertile soils of the Murrumbidgee River that extends 1609km, starting in the Snowy Mountains and emptying into the Murray River.

As far back as the early 1800s, European graziers set up pastoral runs in the Murrumbidgee area to farm cattle, then sheep and later grain crops. From the mid 1800s, steamboats supported trade in timber, wool and other goods. Once the Murrumbidgee irrigation area was established in 1912, horticulture crops were produced and dams were built. Rice production then began in the 1920s. With the growth in irrigation, new towns sprang up and new businesses settled in the region to support the growing irrigation industry.

Over the years, innovations in irrigation and clever water management systems by Murrumbidgee irrigators and water managers have set the region up for best success to manage the river in a sustainable way and for a future with less water.

Protecting and restoring the rivers and wetlands of the Murrumbidgee Valley

OPINION: Local Engagement Officer for the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH) Michele Groat shares her thoughts on the response by CEWH to maximise the opportunities and minimise the risks…

Protecting and restoring the rivers and wetlands of the Murrumbidgee Valley

OPINION: Local Engagement Officer for the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH) Michele Groat shares her thoughts on the response by CEWH to maximise the

Fast 5 with Tony Reneker, Leeton Shire Council’s Mayor Councillor

Tony Reneker, Leeton Shire Council’s Mayor Councillor, moved to Leeton in 2000. Before this, he had 35 years in the NSW Police and was attached to Griffith Local Area…

Fast 5 with Tony Reneker, Leeton Shire Council’s Mayor Councillor

Tony Reneker, Leeton Shire Council’s Mayor Councillor, moved to Leeton in 2000. Before this, he had 35 years in the NSW Police and was

Fast Five with Jackie Kruger, Leeton Shire Council’s General Manager

Jackie Kruger was appointed Leeton Shire Council’s General Manager in 2015. She and her husband, Graeme, have been proud Leeton residents since August of that year.  Previously she worked…

Fast Five with Jackie Kruger, Leeton Shire Council’s General Manager

Jackie Kruger was appointed Leeton Shire Council’s General Manager in 2015. She and her husband, Graeme, have been proud Leeton residents since August of

Fast Five with Sarah Braude, Sustainability Manager, Casella Family Brands

For Sarah Braude, the Murrumbidgee is central to her work as Sustainability Manager with Casella Family Brands. She spoke with us about her ties to the river, which were…

Fast Five with Sarah Braude, Sustainability Manager, Casella Family Brands

For Sarah Braude, the Murrumbidgee is central to her work as Sustainability Manager with Casella Family Brands. She spoke with us about her ties

Fast Five with Iris Herrmann, rice grower and Honorary Councillor of the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA)

We’re delighted to bring you a special edition of Fast Five for International Day of Rural Women. Today we celebrate rice grower Iris Herrmann.  Iris was made an Honorary…

Fast Five with Iris Herrmann, rice grower and Honorary Councillor of the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA)

We’re delighted to bring you a special edition of Fast Five for International Day of Rural Women. Today we celebrate rice grower Iris Herrmann.

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