The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has extended the appointment of regional engagement officers until March, following the success of their one-year appointment.
Since being appointed in November 2016, officer Merrill Boyd has been hosted by Greater Shepparton City Council to improve communication between the MDBA and local people and allow them to share their experiences, concerns and ideas about the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
‘‘Since the program began, our regional engagement officer, Merrill Boyd, has made very effective use of her strong links with communities, landholders and local government to build the MDBA’s understanding of issues important to the Goulburn Murray community,’’ MDBA chief executive Phillip Glyde said.
‘‘This includes attending or presenting at more than 70 meetings in the district over the past year,’’ he said.
‘‘We have learnt a lot in that time and I am committed to building on these lessons to the benefit of communities affected by the basin plan.
‘‘Ms Boyd has provided people with a trusted voice who is within easy reach, having lived and worked in the Shepparton region for many years.
‘‘Her work has ensured frank and fearless advice is shared with the MDBA about local issues relating to water management and basin plan implementation.’’
The MDBA has extended the REO appointments to March 2018 and is currently evaluating the pilot program.
The design of the permanent program will be determined in the first part of 2018.