Review of Environmental Land Management Allocations

The South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board (SAMDB NRM Board) committed to undertaking a comprehensive review of how ELMA is used and administered following community feedback on the Draft 2017 Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse (River Murray WAP).

The SAMDB NRM Board commissioned scientific investigations and also surveyed ELMA water users in an attempt to identify current issues and propose options. The SAMDB NRM Board is keen to hear the thoughts and ideas of local water users and work together to continually improve current water management arrangements.  

The review will NOT include changes to the total volume of water set aside for land management in the Lower Murray (22.2 GL)

Information pack

An information pack has been prepared as a starting point for further discussion. 

Community workshop

A community workshop was held in October where licensees, stakeholders and community members gathered to discuss issues and options outlined in the information pack. There is further opportunity to provide submissions/feedback as outlined below.


The feedback submission period has now closed and we thank all those who provided feedback. All feedback will be collated and considered by the Board. If amendments to the current WAP are supported as a result of the initial consultation the SA Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Board will follow formal procedures (as set out in the Natural Resources Management Act, 2004) to amend the current WAP, including further public consultation. Watch this space for updates and more information. 

Landholder survey results and water use data

As part of the ELMA review we sought your help in gathering information about licensee experiences. Results of the survey can be found in the below links

Technical reports

More information

  • Lyz Risby, Water Resources Manager
    Upper Level, Cnr Mann & Walker Street, Mount Barker
    0427 000 136