MDA fight seems to be washed up
A CALL for Murray River Council to suspend its involvement with the Murray Darling Association on grounds it unfairly favoured South Australia was rejected at MRC’s recent ordinary meeting.
Councillor Gen Campbell moved that a notice of motion for a suspension be considered, raising concerns over comments made at a previous meeting by the MDA Region 3 Chair, Councillor Alan Mathers.
‘‘[Cr Mathers] had advised council that the association lends it support to the South Australian cause as they contribute the most money to their organisation,’’ Cr Campbell said.
‘‘It is my opinion the Murray Darling Basin Plan has already cut the heart from our community, evidenced by water buy-backs and the destruction of our rural population and lands.
‘‘I do not believe local government along with the private members are aware the Murray Darling Association is favouring the South Australian agenda against the welfare of our local communities.’’
Cr Mathers admitted he was ‘‘candid’’ at the May meeting.
‘‘There are serious structural issues within the organisation,’’ he said.
‘‘But I’m trying to get into MDA and change its direction, restructuring it to make it more genuine.’’
Councillors Ann Crowe and Geoff Wise reaffirmed support for Cr Mathers’ role in the MDA.
‘‘We have the biggest portion of the Murray Darling Basin, so it’s beneficial for us to continue our involvement,’’ Cr Wise said.
Council resolved to continue its membership with MDA with the intent of working towards positive changes for local communities.
This will likely be revised again in 6-12 months.