Events | 26th Jul, 2024

LIVESTREAM: Pathways to First Nations water justice (panel discussion)

Tune into this panel discussion to hear from First Nations leaders and experts on the different ways we can achieve water justice in the Murray-Darling Basin.

This event is being livestreamed as part of the Swan Hill River Peoples’ Forum – more information here >>

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Friday 26 July
1 PM — 2:30 PM


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In-person: Lower Murray Inn, Swan Hill. Find out more details on the River Peoples’ Forum here >>


Listen to leading voices on First Nations water justice, find out about the different work happening in the Murray-Darling and big opportunities over the coming months and years that you can help support.

First Nations have cared for the rivers, wetlands, fish and birds of the Murray-Darling Basin for thousands of generations. But today, they own less than 0.2% of water rights. Governments have pledged millions of dollars to address this inequity, but most has never been delivered. While rivers in the Basin continue to languish, Traditional Owners are still locked out of managing their ancestral lands and water. Decades of water reform have failed to deliver for First Nations. It’s well past time for real water rights and water justice.


Grant Rigney – Ngarrindjeri citizen and chair of Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN)

Melissa Kennedy – Tati Tati, Research Fellow in Water Policy & Social Science, University of Melbourne, and co-founder of Tati Tati Kaiejin

Brendan Kennedy – Tati Tati and Wadi Wadi Traditional Owner and MLDRIN Deputy Chair

Dr. Erin O’Donnell – water law and policy specialist, focusing on water justice and the rights of rivers. Senior Lecturer and ARC Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School

Professor Sarah Wheeler – Professor of Water Economics and leads the Water, Environment and Food economics policy group in the School of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Adelaide

Luke Wilson and Ben Muir – representing Djarra (Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation)


Sustainable Living in the Mallee and Friends of Nyah Vinifera Park with support from Environment Victoria and Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN).


Artwork: “Millu Thangura” (Our Murray River Country), by Brendan Kennedy

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