Yanga National Park Project FAQs

Located on the traditional land of the Mutthi Mutthi, Nari Nari and Wadi Wadi People, Yanga National Park is in the Lower Murrumbidgee floodplain and is one of the state’s newest parks but has a long and significant history. The park is approximately 35,000 hectares in size and is located alongside Redbank Weir and the township of Balranald on the Lower Murrumbidgee River floodplain.

What does the Yanga National Park Project involve?

The project proposes upgrading and constructing water infrastructure assets to allow water to be allocated more efficiently. These measures may include engineering works to provide increased benefits to ecological communities.

The project will operate in conjunction with other Sustainable Diversion Limit (SDL) works under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, including the Murray Valley National Park project (Millewa project) and the already completed neighbouring Gayini (previously known as Nimmie Caira) project.

What is Environmental Water?

Environmental water is water that is allocated and managed specifically to maintain and improve the health of rivers, wetlands and floodplains.

What are the ecological outcomes and benefits?

The project will see a targeted movement of water to keep waterways, floodplains and wetlands healthy. When the waterways and surrounding wetlands are healthy, they support a range of ecological outcomes and contribute to the social well-being of communities using them for recreational purposes.

Who owns the infrastructure?

Existing infrastructure in Yanga National Park is the property of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). The two regulators on the Murrumbidgee River providing flows into Yanga National Park, referred to as 1AS and 1ES regulators, will remain an asset of WaterNSW. Ownership of any new infrastructure on park is still to be negotiated between the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Water Infrastructure NSW and NPWS.