EVERY DROP COUNTS.

We're committed to unshackling small-scale farmers from the burden of speculative water pricing.

Water holders can donate temporary allocations, while small-scale farmers can apply for the allocations donated.

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Mildura Community Water Bank is a non-for-profit venture that seeks to cultivate - through the use of donations - a portfolio of water rights to assist active sustainable farming, direct-to-consumer food consumption and the health of river systems.

Alongside our partner organisations Food Next Door & Out of the Box, we'll seek to ensure that locally grown produce and sustainable small-scale agriculture retain their significant standing as Sunraysia's lifeblood industry.

SO HERE'S OUR AIM.

BUILD A BANK of water rights that will NEVER, EVER be sold.

Directly and indirectly seek PHILANTROPHIC & BENEVOLENT DONATIONS of money and water.

CONVERT ALL FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS into permanent water rights.

USE OUR WATER RIGHTS to help maintain or activate regenerative farming practices for direct producer to consumer consumption.

ALLOCATE UNUSED OR EXCESS WATER towards the health of the river - the primary source of Sunraysia's economic & environmental heartbeat.

PARTNER WITH GROUPS to facilitate the practical management of MCWB assets.

“This project is very important for the local community, helping the small-scale farmers to get access to affordable irrigation water for their farms to produce local fresh crops, to produce vegetables at a reasonable price that is affordable by everyone.”

– JULES KANGETA
PROJECT MANAGER, MCWB

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donate temporary allocations

The donation of temporary water is the backbone of the Mildura Community Water Bank. This has been undertaken with the help of RuralCo Water Brokers –  a proud local business.

Generous owners of permanent water allocations – with a “meg” or two to spare – can lend out an allocation for a period of 12 months.

We’ll then sell this water to small-scale farmers at a capped, reasonable price – free from the fluctuations and speculations of the profiteering water trading markets – up to 80% percent cheaper than market price.

With the income generated from selling these temporary allocations, MCWB will purchase permanent water allocations to ensure the sustainability of the Bank for many years to come.

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extra-ordinary contributions.

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We’re not funded by billionaire philanthropists – just everyday people wanting to help!
Check out who has generously donated – and their reasons why.

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"Congratulations to Food Next Door and their partners for their fantastic initiative in establishing the Mildura Community Water Bank.
I'm in a position this season to donate some water allocation to the bank and I am pleased to do so. The bank will give ordinary people a chance to irrigate and grow food on their own terms, and irrigators will be participating in and investing in the evolving water trading system.
That system is complex and can be intimidating, but over time participants will become familiar with how the system works. They will learn how to formulate strategies and construct their own water portfolios and to make informed decisions in their own interests. The familiarity and confidence gained will stand them in good stead in future irrigation endevours they may undertake."
Bill McClumpha
Irrigator, Sunraysia
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The Mildura Community Water Bank is a great initiative by Food Next Door Co-op to assist new migrant families to grow food crops, particularly vegetables, at reasonable costs for their communities.
I have been more than pleased to donate some water allocation to assist this most worthwhile project for newcomers. I do encourage others to support this program. It is such a purposeful and obvious benefit to our newer citizens.
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Asparagus Farmer, Mildura
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I donated water to the water bank for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, I wanted to support refugees. I think it's a great idea to get people from Burundi and the Congo to use their farming skills out here, and grow maize and other crops for their own needs.

Secondly, I think the water market is overpriced, and over-allocated.

I hope my small donation helps.
Michael Mack
Generous Donator

You don’t have to be a farmer or a land-owner to help!

Choose to donate a few dollars – say, the cost of a cuppa, or a tasty burrito & bevvy, or a night at the movies – and we’ll use those funds to purchase Permanent Water Allocations that can be leased out to small scale farmers at an affordable, fixed rate.

Choose to make a once off donation, or set up recurring payments that can be debited from your bank account at a frequency of your choice.

*Prices listed are all-inclusive – what you see is what you’ll pay.
As we hold DGR status, any donations are $2.00 are tax exempt – ohh yeah!

 doLLARS TO DROPLETS

A CUPPA!

$4.30

It’s the cost of a steaming cup of Latte from our favourite little shop, Clove Organics.

We reckon it’d be a steady step towards permanent water allocations for our small-scale farmers!

A BURRITO & A BEER

$17.50

Nothing beats a few cheeky carbs on a Friday night.

Duplicate those post-meal feels by putting a few bucks towards the crew that farm the ingredients of the foods we love so dear!

A CINEMA DATE

$36.10

What’s the deeeeal with movie prices, am I right? The popcorn, the drinks, yadda, yadda.

For the same cost, this would be an IMMENSE benefit to our small scale farmers when turned into water allocations!

small-scale farmer? apply for water here.

If you’re a small-scale farmer, you could be eligible for our fair, fixed-price temporary water allocations. Our goal is to make this water available for the purpose of helping our independent farmers grow the food and fibre we all need.

While this may seem like “charity” to some, we take the issue of water availability very seriously. In a time of speculative water markets and issues around water availability between big, corporate agribusinesses and independent farming firms, we strive to make water available so that the small-scale farming industry can thrive, which, in turn, helps power our local economy.

Make no mistake – this isn’t a handout. It’s a hand up.

am i eligible?

Our goal isn’t to hand cheap water to everyone – we want to make sure our temporary water allocations are made available to those who will use it best.

After submitting your details through the form below, you’ll be contacted in person by our team and put through a tender process to ensure that processes are in place for this water to be used in sustainable ways.

our board

The Board of the Mildura Community Water Bank are an advisory committee (non-operational) that ensure proper governance and integrity in the operation of the MCWB.

Get to know them a little by clicking on their photos below.

THE MCWB GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES OUR SUPPORTERS & PARTNERS: