Landscape 7 - Riverina Lower Ovens


Thriving communities, biodiversity and agriculture supported by healthy and sustainable waterways, wetlands and groundwater systems


Bordered by the Murray River, this riverine plain area supports a variety of agriculture, along with biodiversity hotspots such as the Warby-Ovens National Park.

Notable values include the unregulated heritage river (Ovens), extensive wetlands supporting important and threatened bird, frog and native fish populations. Sand hills across the landscape are also of cultural importance.

Lake Moodemere is a well-known corroboree and camping ground. It is also a well-known refuge, from 1892 to 1937, that offered a less restrictive alternative to the Missions. Traditional Owners/First Nations Peoples assembled in or were forced onto the refuge. It is documented that Tommy McRae, a renowned aboriginal artist, spent time at the refuge and it was an inspiration for his work.

Agriculture is an important employer with relatively large-scale mixed farming including grazing, horticulture and cropping. The Rutherglen area is also a renowned wine region.

The area has modest population growth. Regional towns include Rutherglen and Chiltern with several other small towns, villages and localities scattered across the area.

There is some evidence of increasing demand and market activity in agriculture, e.g. for groundwater-based development in the Lower Ovens.

Figure 1. Landscape 7 – Riverina Lower Ovens map and location.