Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Strategy’s paying off

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The Murray Regional Strategy Group has made ‘‘considerab­le progress’’ in its second year, chairman Geoff Moar reported at last week’s annual general meeting.

He said this progress has been achieved in an environmen­t where he says the ‘‘wheels of change are slow’’, and with the challenges faced by the organisati­on that has ‘‘limited resources’’.

MRSG is the NSW Murray region’s key representa­tive group on water advocacy, formed to provide a united voice from farming and community sectors that aims to find solutions and promote improved water policy and management.

In his annual report, Mr Moar described how MRSG had met with numerous politician­s and bureaucrat­s, written numerous letters, submission­s and policy documents and developed stronger relationsh­ips with all sides of politics in the water space.

It has met with Water Minister Keith Pitt, Environmen­t Minister and Member for Farrer Sussan Ley, and had regular updates with Senator Perin Davey, NSW Member for Murray Helen Dalton and NSW Member for Albury Justin Clancy.

It also met with MDBA chair Sir Angus Houston, addressing concerns with the MDBA’s community engagement process, among other issues, leading to much improved communicat­ion.

MRSG has also collaborat­ed to develop the NSW Murray Valley Adaptive Road Map, a document which has ‘‘hand delivered a solution to government’’, and has led to an accompanyi­ng co-design engagement framework.

Mr Moar said the group had also hosted a workshop with the Murray Darling Basin Authority, NSW DPIE and the federal Department of Water in May which was ‘‘labelled a success by all in attendance’’.

It has developed an engagement proposal that was delivered to the office of NSW Water Minister Melinda Pavey, while there has been no official feedback on the proposal, communicat­ion with the department has improved.

‘‘Since late July we have coordinate­d a mid-Murray monitoring project which involved landholder­s collaborat­ing to monitor flow events over the last three months. The report for stage one has been released and stage two is in progress,’’ Mr Moar said.

In conclusion, he thanked outgoing executive officer Shelley Scoullar and welcomed incoming EO Meg Marshall.

Mr Moar was re-elected unopposed as chairman, Lachlan Marshall re-elected deputy chair, and David Crew re-appointed as public officer.

 ?? ?? Murray Regional Strategy Group was actively involved when representa­tives from local water groups, federal and state department­s met in Deniliquin earlier this year to discuss the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Pictured at that meeting are (back, from left) DAWE's Marcus Finn, MDBA's Andrew Reynolds, MRSG's David Crew, CEWH's Hilton Taylor and Lachlan Marshall and Geoff Moar from MRSG; (front) NSWDPIE's Samantha McCallum and Ann Holden and Peta Derham from DAWE.
Murray Regional Strategy Group was actively involved when representa­tives from local water groups, federal and state department­s met in Deniliquin earlier this year to discuss the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Pictured at that meeting are (back, from left) DAWE's Marcus Finn, MDBA's Andrew Reynolds, MRSG's David Crew, CEWH's Hilton Taylor and Lachlan Marshall and Geoff Moar from MRSG; (front) NSWDPIE's Samantha McCallum and Ann Holden and Peta Derham from DAWE.

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