There’s nothing common about the Merbein Common
Merbein Common is a floodplain reserve, nestled in a bend of the Murray River just north-west of Mildura.
It is made up of a series of nationally-significant wetlands, such as Cowanna Billabong, and diverse landscapes of river red gum and black box.
Building on the success of providing water for the environment across the site, current investment in the Merbein Common responds to strong community support for enhancing recreational values. This includes improving facilities for bushwalking, cycling and canoeing.
An important element of the flagship waterways approach is to better demonstrate the social and cultural benefits of investment in waterways and catchments. To achieve this, user and stakeholder surveys have been undertaken to benchmark a range of indicators, such as recreational access and visual amenity.
Image courtesy Mallee CMA
Waterway managers: Mallee CMA.