Murray Darling Basin Balanced Water Fund

Murray Darling Basin Balanced Water Fund


The Murray-Darling Basin Balanced Water Fund aims to provide water security for Australian farming families, restore threatened wetlands and realise a financial return for investors.

Financial Return

Financial returns are generated through the annual lease of water entitlements, the trade of water allocations and through long-term capital appreciation of the Fund’s portfolio of water entitlements. Net returns targeted at 7-9% base case and over 10% per annum for upside scenarios. Returns are also uncorrelated to other financial asset returns, providing an effective alternative investment.

Social Return

Achieve environmental benefits through restoration of critical wetland ecosystems and support of irrigation communities. The Fund aims to strengthen cultural relationships through Cultural Watering with Indigenous people.
Issuing organisation
  • Kilter Investments Pty Ltd
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • EY
  • $22 million (Equity) $5 million (Debt); Target (Equity $80 million Debt $20 million)
Minimum Investment
  • $100,000
Investment Type
  • Equity (has closed debt funding)
Investor Type
  •  Sophisticated Only
  • Open-ended
Impact Focus
  • Environment; Rural
  • Southern Murray-Darling Basin


Christopher Thorn
Partner of Impact Investment, Social Finance, Philanthropy, Climate & Sustainability Services
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