CMA to develop action plan
The management of natural resources and the way they influence the economic and social life of the NSW Murray catchment will now be under the spotlight.
The Murray CMA Community Committee will work with the catchment community to develop the Murray Catchment Action Plan over the next 12 months.
Murray CMA Board has taken a fresh and innovative approach to the development of the Catchment Action Plan by devolving the task of preparing the plan to a community based committee.
This approach will ensure that the opinions and aspirations of the NSW Murray catchment community are listened to in the develop- ment of the five-year plan, which will guide investment to ensure the maintenance and enhancement of productive landscapes across the catchment.
The committee is chaired by David Sexton of Thurgoona, who has served on a number of boards and committees involved with catchment management, pest plants and animals as well as having a distinguished career in local government administration.
The committee reflects not only the geographic spread of the NSW Murray catchment, but represents all aspects of the social and economic fabric of the community from farmers to the urban population, local government to indigenous communities.
Mr Sexton said the action plan would balance the expectations of the community and government to produce a plan that is adopted by the community and endorsed by all government agencies.
‘‘We are committed to balancing sound environmental management with economic well being for farmers, the wider catchment community and the towns that support them,’’ he said.
‘‘It is essential that the agricultural industries are productive, profitable and viable, to get investment in natural resource management across the Murray Catchment.’’
An extensive engagement program will start this month and continue right throughout May and June, providing the catchment community with an opportunity to become involved and help shape the future of natural resource management within the catchment. Meetings are yet to be announced.
Other committee members include: Ray Stubbs (Albury), Judy Frankenberg (Burrumbuttock), David Wolfenden (Rand), John Keogh (Holbrook), Robin Crawford (Moulamein), Bruce Saxton (Khancoban), Bruce Simpson (Deniliquin), Louise Burge (Tuppal-bullatale), Russell Ford (Jerilderie), Jenny Mcleod (Finley), Debbie Flower-briggs (Deniliquin), along with Murray CMA Board members - Brian Royal (Tabletop), Andrew Urquhart (Holbrook), and Sally Dye (Conargo).
Committee members (from left) Andrew Urquhart, Louise Burge, Ray Stubbs, Russell Ford, Bruce Saxton, David Sexton, David Wolfenden, Judy Frankenberg, Bruce Simpson, Brian Royal, John Keogh.