National Thiess RiverPrize and RiverCare 2000 Awards

Winner of the National Thiess RiverPrize 2007

The NSW Murray Wetlands Working Group was awarded the prestigious 2007 National Thiess Riverprize for its management of adaptive environmental water throughout the NSW Murray Valley.

Announced during the 9th International Riversymposium and Environmental Flows Conference, held in Brisbane in September 2007, the Riverprize is the largest award in its field valued at AUD$100,000. The award recognises the excellent work conducted by community and/or government groups in the management and restoration of rivers and waterways throughout Australia.

Since 2000 the MWWG has managed two adaptive environmental water allocations on behalf of the NSW Government. By the end of 2006 the MWWG has delivered 75,000 megalitres of environmental water to more than 200 wetlands covering 71,000 hectares throughout the Murray and Lower Murray-Darling catchments.

The MWWG was chosen from an outstanding field of finalists including Lake Macquarie in NSW, the Maroochy River in Queensland and Greening Australia’s national River Recovery Programme. The Group was extremely thrilled to be the winner of the nation’s premium award. It is the culmination of many years of hard work and dedication by MWWG staff and members (past and present) and a testament to the Group’s emphasis on, and the value of, community involvement.

The Group would like to thank all the landholders, individuals and agencies that have been involved in the projects over the years for their contributions and support. The Group acknowledges the NSW Government, in particular the Water Administration Ministerial Corporation, for its initiative and vision in allowing an independent community-based group to manage environmental water. The Group also thanks Thiess, the International Riversymposium, the International RiverFoundation and judges for awarding the Group with this honour.

(l to r) MWWG's Program Manager Deb Nias, Chair Howard Jones, Project Officer Paula D’Santos and Executive Member Ian Davidson attended the ceremony on behalf of the Group and received the handsome trophy appropriately depicting a coolamon.

See www.riverfoundation.org.au for more information on the National Thiess Riverprize.

Thiess National RiverPrize 2002

The NSW Murray Wetlands Working Group Inc. were proud to be nominated as one of four national finalists for the prestigious Thiess National Riverprize 2002.

The national award recognised excellent work by community groups in the management and restoration of rivers and waterways. The RiverPrize also provides a healthy $25,000 to the winner, who that year was awarded to the Merri Creek Management Committee in Victoria.

The Group was very honoured to have been short-listed for this award. It is testimony to all the hard work that current and previous project officers have done and recognises the hard work and dedication of the voluntary members of the Working Group.

It also confirms that the Group's strategy of combining well-researched, technically feasible projects with community participation is the right way to go.

The RiverPrize award ceremony was held during the 2002 RiverSymposium in Brisbane. The award luncheon was attended by several hundred guests, including local dignitaries, Indigenous representatives, Thiess, scientists, managers and community members. The MWWG's Chairman (Howard Jones) and Vice-Chair (Judy Frankenberg) attended the ceremony on behalf of the Group and received a handsome trophy appropriately depicting a coolamon.

MWWG Chairman, Howard Jones and Vice-Chair, Judy Frankenberg, proudly accepted the Thiess National Riverprize trophy for finalists in 2002.

RiverCare 2000

1996 - Awarded a Certificate of Accreditation for the 'Hydrological Rehabilitation of Croppers Lagoon, Corowa, NSW' project.

1995 - Recipient of the RiverCare 2000 Silver Award for the 'Rehabilitation of Moira Lake, Moira State Forest, NSW' project.

1994 - Recipient of the Highly Commended Award for the 'Rehabilitation of Moira Lake, Moira State Forest, NSW' project.

1994 - Awarded a Certificate of Accreditation for the 'Rehabilitation of Moira Lake, Moira State Forest, NSW' project.