Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth Recovery Project
Under the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth Recovery Project, the Australian Government has approved more than $162.8 million in projects to preserve the region’s unique ecological character as a wetland of international importance.
$33.4 million has been provided for early works at the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth including a feasibility study for the long term management of the site, and construction of the Clayton and Currency Creek regulators as an emergency measure to prevent further exposure of acid sulfate soils in the channels as a result of the previous drought.
$122.6 million in funding has been contracted to support the South Australian Government’s Long-Term Plan for the region including:
- Up to $38.9 million for a Vegetation and Fish Program to stabilise the ecology of the region and to deliver a healthy and resilient wetland through plantings to restore habitat, manage pests and to protect revegetated areas.
- Up to $47.7 million, to reduce salinity levels in the Coorong South Lagoon and reintroduce the aquatic plant Ruppia to the Coorong to boost the region’s ecology
- Up to $6.3 million to build capacity in the region by supporting Ngarrindjeri Partnerships to use their long-term knowledge and traditions for restoring health of the region, the continuation of the Lakes Hubs at Milang and Meningie, and the establishment of a regional Community Advisory Panel to provide for community representation to inform planning and on-ground works.
$6.8 million in funding has been committed to decommission the Narrung Bund, Clayton Regulator and Currency Creek Regulator and restore hydrological connectivity.
The Australian Government has also contributed an additional $9.6 million for a Bioremediation and Revegetation Project to help address the risks from the exposure of acid sulfate soils and up to $120 million for an integrated network of pipes to service the Lower Lakes townships, communities and irrigators and improve their water security and water quality.