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.

Fast Five with Kate O’Callaghan, Executive Director, Southern Cotton Group

Kate O’Callaghan landed at Leeton train station to work in the lucerne-breeding program at Yanco after graduating from agriculture at Sydney University. She’s been here ever since, raising her…

Fast Five with Kate O’Callaghan, Executive Director, Southern Cotton Group

Kate O’Callaghan landed at Leeton train station to work in the lucerne-breeding program at Yanco after graduating from agriculture at Sydney University. She’s been

Fast Five with Brett Stonestreet, General Manager, Griffith City Council

Brett Stonestreet was appointed as Griffith City Council’s General Manager in August 2011. He has over 40 years of experience in local government and has spent a significant period…

Fast Five with Brett Stonestreet, General Manager, Griffith City Council

Brett Stonestreet was appointed as Griffith City Council’s General Manager in August 2011. He has over 40 years of experience in local government and

Booming Bell Frog populations in the lower Murrumbidgee wetlands

Have you ever heard a Southern Bell Frog? Press play to hear the deep and unusual ‘whaa-whaa, whaa-whaa’ motorbike sound. Video credit: Anna Turner Above average rainfalls across the…

Booming Bell Frog populations in the lower Murrumbidgee wetlands

Have you ever heard a Southern Bell Frog? Press play to hear the deep and unusual ‘whaa-whaa, whaa-whaa’ motorbike sound. Video credit: Anna Turner

Fast Five with Anna Turner – Research Associate for the Murrumbidgee Monitoring, Evaluation and Research program

Ecologist Anna Turner has a lifelong love of being outdoors and natural environments. She shares with us her path to working in the Murrumbidgee Monitoring, Evaluation and Research program…

Fast Five with Anna Turner – Research Associate for the Murrumbidgee Monitoring, Evaluation and Research program

Ecologist Anna Turner has a lifelong love of being outdoors and natural environments. She shares with us her path to working in the Murrumbidgee

Fast Five with Matt Herring, ecologist and Bitterns in Rice Project lead

Working on more than 950 farms in the Murray-Darling Basin, Matt Herring is an advocate for working alongside farmers to unleash the conservation potential of private land. He is…

Fast Five with Matt Herring, ecologist and Bitterns in Rice Project lead

Working on more than 950 farms in the Murray-Darling Basin, Matt Herring is an advocate for working alongside farmers to unleash the conservation potential

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