The Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA) is geographically located within the Riverina area of New South Wales was created to control and divert the flow of local river and creek systems for the purpose of food production. The Riverina is an agricultural region of south-western New South Wales (NSW Australia The main river systems feeding and fed by the area are the Murrumbidgee and the Murray. The Murrumbidgee River is a major river in the state of New South Wales, Australia, and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT The Murray River, or River Murray and sometimes informally referred to as the "Mighty Murray" is Australia 's largest River.
The system is still regarded as a major engineering achievement comprising an elaborate series of weirs, canals and holding ponds (fed by upstream rivers and dams).
Many of the towns within the area which include Leeton and Griffith were purpose built and designed for the project and remain as thriving communities today. Leeton is a town and Local Government Area in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. Griffith is a city in south-western New South Wales, Australia. The two towns are growing at a rapid rate due to sustainable employment. The growth of inland centres is unusual for central New South Wales which displays the uniqueness of the MIA.
Much of the infrastructure of these towns was designed by Walter Burley Griffin who had previously designed Canberra. Walter Burley Griffin November 24, 1876 &ndash February 11, 1937) was a US Architect and Landscape architect, Canberra ( is the capital city of Australia With a population of over 340000 it is Australia's largest inland City.
The irrigation area has become increasingly controversial in the early twenty-first century, after consecutive years of drought and a growing Australian population have led to demands for greater levels of water conservation.