SA Murray region – Climate change impact assessment and emerging opportunities


On 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Administrative Arrangement Order made on 21 September 2015.

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Berri Barmera Council

Funding: $800,000

About the project

The Berri Barmera Council is the lead recipient for a consortium of Council's covering the regions of Berri Barmera, Goyder, Karoonda East Murray, Loxton Waikerie, Paringa and Southern Mallee.

The project will undertake a climate change impact and emerging opportunities assessment in the South Australian Murray region. The Councils will identify opportunities to adapt to changing climate conditions, and what impact living with less water will have on communities, their local water dependant industries and urban water resources management.

Project benefits

The assessment will allow SA Murray region Councils to plan for a future with less water and address the following regional issues:

  • dryland farmers and irrigators leaving the land due to the lack of available water (rainfall and surface water);
  • loss of irrigated industry businesses;
  • increased development of groundwater resources as businesses seek more secure water supplies;
  • water saving opportunities; and
  • changes to Statutory Planning conditions to adjust to climate change.

Project completion

This project was completed in May 2012 and resulted in the production of 4 Integrated Water Management Plans for Berri Barmera Council, Loxton Waikerie Council, Renmark Paringa Council and Karoonda East Murray. In addition the following 4 planning projects were also prepared:

  • The Water Sensitive Urban Design Development Plan Assessment for Southern Mallee & Karoonda East;
  • The Riverland Tourism strategy;
  • The Goyder Strategic Plan Review; and
  • Water Conservation Plan for the Riverland Councils.

Further information

Further information on this project may be obtained by contacting the Berri Barmera Council directly on 08 8582 1922.

The Strengthening Basin Communities program is funded by the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative.