MDA fight seems to be washed up

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

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.

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