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Two proposed dams that were never built were the Chowilla Dam, which ceased in 1967 due to construction costs and concerns about salinity, and the Big Buffalo Dam, which was never started although Sir Henry Bolte's Government had purchased land for it. The Holt Federal government with William McMahon as Treasurer was not amenable to provision of money although shortage of water supply in the Murray system was evident.

Since the orginal proposal the Chowilla flood plain region has been listed with the Ramsar Convention as an international case study for wise use of wetlands. The flood plain consists of red gum forests and water fowl habitat.