Members needed

October 05, 2017

Community members with a passion for their catchments can nominate for a MDBA committee.

People from across the Murray-Darling Basin — from all walks of life, backgrounds and experiences — are encouraged to nominate for the Murray-Darling Basin Community Committee.

Murray-Darling Basin Authority chair Neil Andrew said the committee was a critical consultation tool to assist in implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Mr Andrew said the committee provided ‘‘people with the drive and enthusiasm for their community and catchment with a unique opportunity to provide advice on water resource management to the authority and basin governments’’.

‘‘I really value working with the community representatives on the basin community committee.

‘‘They provide us insights into what is happening on the ground and we get honest advice about what’s occurring with basin plan implementation and water resources and what might need improving.

‘‘The basin plan is about making sure the basin’s water resources are well managed in the long term interests of the environment, our communities and our industries.

‘‘As we progressively move from implementing the basin plan to monitoring compliance and measuring outcomes, the basin community committee will be key to ensuring community observations, voices and experiences are heard and, importantly, influence arrangements.

‘‘We want community members with expertise or interest in Aboriginal water resource matters, local community issues, local government, environmental water management and irrigated agriculture to put their hands up for the basin community committee.’’

The committee currently meets face-to-face three or four times a year. Members will be appointed by the MDBA for three-year terms commencing mid-2018.

Expressions of interest opened last month and will close on November 3. An information package is available from: www.mdba.gov.au

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