Step up and join basin com­mit­tee

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

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

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