The lower Murray wetlands are found across the floodplain of the River Murray between Swan Hill and the South Australian border (Figure 5.2.5. The system includes a myriad of interconnected creeks, wetlands and floodplains that are ecologically important and reflect the natural character and attributes of the River Murray floodplain. While the number of wetlands across the lower Murray region are undefined, 66 of them are considered in the environmental watering program, and 54 of these have received water for the environment to date.
The wetlands of the lower Murray wetlands system hold significance for Traditional Owners and their Nations. For thousands of years, the wetlands provided resources (such as food and materials) to the Latji Latji, Wadi Wadi, Dadi Dadi and Wamba Wemba people. There is currently no Registered Aboriginal Party for the lower Murray wetlands. The Mallee CMA involves the region's Aboriginal communities in water management through the Aboriginal Reference Group, which includes First Peoples of the Millewa-Mallee, Wadi Wadi and Tati Tati Traditional Owners groups.
Cowanna and Brickworks billabongs are nationally significant wetlands located at Merbein Common, next to the River Murray near Mildura. Merbein Common has been identified as a priority for investment under Water for Victoria. Investment to improve walking, cycling and canoeing facilities at Merbein Common complements the success of providing environmental flows at Cowanna and Brickworks billabongs.