The Australian Alps bioregion covers barely 0.2% of mainland Australia and yet is estimated to contribute 29% of average inflows into the Murray Darling basin catchment. We live in the hottest, driest, flattest inhabited continent on the planet and there is no more precious resource than water. The Australian Alps are a virtual dam; they supply reliable, clean, base load water that grows food, generates electricity and supports communities. The health of the Australian Alps is a matter of national economic, social and environmental significance. In this 2011 Summary Report by Graeme Worboys & Roger Good, they discuss catchment conditions, trends in condition, threats and makes policy recommendations.