Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Working on solutions

- Dear Editor,

Murray Regional Strategy Group was formed in 2018 amid calls for our region to have a more united voice on water issues.

The benefits of this unity that has built up over ensuing years were on show during a delegation to Sydney this month.

I was honoured to join Murray Irrigation and Southern Riverina Irrigators on this delegation for two days of meetings with many of our state’s key decision-makers.

We delivered core messages around the impacts of water reform on our region, and importantl­y presented solutions that can help provide a more balanced approach to sharing our precious resource to achieve both environmen­tal and productive outcomes.

For more than 18 months MRSG has worked on and advocated for the NSW Murray Adaptive Road Map, which complement­s and was presented alongside MIL’s Murray Reconnecte­d Floodplain­s.

The aim of both projects is to put locals in the driver’s seat to deliver environmen­tal water more efficientl­y where it is needed, improve ecological benefits and give landholder­s protection from third party flooding impacts.

Over the past nine months MRSG has hosted workshops with senior personnel from organisati­ons including the Murray Darling Basin Authority, Comonwealt­h Environmen­tal Water Holder and NSW Department of Primary Industries and Environmen­t, where positive discussion­s aimed at developing solutions to issues with Basin Plan implementa­tion have taken place.

We remain committed to working with all political parties and government representa­tives to build a future for our communitie­s, and promoting our view that the environmen­t and food production must rise above politics.

In conclusion, I would like to thank Murray Irrigation for its efforts in organising last week’s meetings, and also Member for Albury Justin Clancy who hosted the delegation and showed strong knowledge of water related issues.

Yours etc.

Geoff Moar

Chair, Murray Regional Strategy Group

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