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Councils unite, strengthen influence on basin decisions

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February 15, 2018

REGIONAL executives of the Murray Darling Association have strategised a way forward during what is expected to be a very busy time for the organisation.

REGIONAL executives of the Murray Darling Association have strategised a way forward during what is expected to be a very busy time for the organisation.

Eleven of the 12 basin regions were represented at an annual workshop in Albury.

The regions met to collaborate on strategies for local government to inform the decisions impacting communities in the management of basin water resources.

Now in its third year, the event is an opportunity for the MDA regional executives to meet face to face to share ideas, discuss the different challenges to their regions posed by changing water availability and to provide support for their fellow councils across the basin.

‘‘These leadership meetings are essential to providing councils across the basin with an understanding of the issues facing other councils and regions,’’ MDA national president David Thurley said.

"We recognise that every region has different priorities and challenges under the basin plan and we don’t shy away from that.

"Our role is to ensure local government is properly informed and co-ordinated in our approach to influencing the decisions that will get the best outcomes for our regions – whatever that looks like."

This year and next are shaping as pivotal in the delivery of the plan as the MDBA completes its Southern Basin Review, state water resource plans are prepared, and the Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment Mechanism is implemented.

‘‘Our association is in a unique position to provide representation for all basin councils and ensure that local government has a role in informing state and federal policy,’’ Cr Thurley said.

MDA chief executive Emma Bradbury said she was pleased with the attendance and calibre of discussion at the workshop.

‘‘Member councils have never been in a better position to represent the interests of their community at state and national level, and influence the decisions that impact their region,” she said.

Councils and individuals interested in joining the MDA can contact the office on (03) 54803805 or visit www.mda.asn.au

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