Step up and join basin committee
THERE’S only two weeks for people across the basin to nominate for the MurrayDarling Basin Community Committee.
Murray-Darling Basin Authority chair Neil Andrew AO said it was timely to encourage potential applicants to apply.
‘‘I am very pleased with, and have valued, working with all current community representatives on the BCC,’’ he said.
‘‘Insights provided to us have helped with understanding what is actually happening in the basin as we progress with the basin plan implementation.
‘‘We want and need a diverse range of experienced community representation for this committee. The committee role is to provide the MDBA and basin govern- ments with community views as well as input to and advice on the implementation and the future management of the basin’s water resources.’’
Mr Andrew said he saw the BCC members being key to ensuring the successful and progressive transition from basin plan implementation to basin plan compliance.
‘‘Members have the local knowledge and experience and importantly for basin communities, can influence arrangements and directions,’’ he said.
‘‘I encourage all in the basin, especially those who have experience in local government, Aboriginal water resource management, environmental water management, represent local community water issues or are in the agriculture industry to nominate now.
‘‘Nominees will make a difference to the longevity of our basin’s water resource and ensure that all interests – community, environment and industry – are all well managed.’’
The BCC meets face to face three to four times per year. It is an advisory committee established under the Water Act 2007. Members will be appointed by the MDBA for a three-year term starting mid2018.
Expressions of Interest opened on September 25 for a six week period and close on November 3.
An information package is available from the authority’s website – see www.mdba.gov.au