74th National Conference questions on notice

74th National Conference

Delegate questions on notice

For the first time in the event's history, the 74th Murray Darling Association National Conference, held in Leeton in August 2018, utilised the app Sli.do, which enabled delegates to pose questions and comments to presenters as they spoke.

Delegates who used the app posed close to 200 questions and commnets to the 20 presenters during the two-day conference, witha record of all interactions retained.

With all presentations closely linked to the conference theme of Trust.Unity.Equity.GROWTH and many questions overlapping, all presentrers have been given the opportunity to consider responses to all questions and comments posed at the conference.

The comments and questions which appear below are verbatim.

A record of poll results from the conference are also available to download.

Please visit this page regularly for updates.





Hon. Niall Blair - Minister for Regional Water

Grant Barnes - Chief Regulatory Officer, NSW Natural Resource Access Regulator

Emma Solomon - Group Director, Water Renewal Taskforce

Natural Resource Access Regulator – Regulations and Compliance: Restoring Trust and Confidence



Jeremy Morton – President, Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia

Australia’s Rice Industry: Innovation and Efficiency


Dr Cathy Robinson – CSIRO

Dr Jacki Schirmer – University of Canberra

Socio-economic Neutrality and the Basin Plan Questions/comments  
Yanco Agricultural High School Precision Ag Technology


Brendan Barry – General Manager (Water), Webster Water Management and Business Strategy Questions/comments  
Karen Hutchinson – Policy and Stakeholder Manager, Murrumbidgee Irrigation Planning for Water Delivery in a Changing Environment


Andrew Lieschke – Manager (Land Services), Riverina Local Land Services Riverina Local Land Services: Biosecurity, natural resource management and sustainable agriculture Questions/comments  
Jody Swirepik - Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder Commonwealth Environmental Water Office


Reply 17/10/18
Phillip Glyde – Chief Executive Officer, Murray-Darling Basin Authority The Basin Plan – Where to next?



Reply 3/10/18


Michael Murray – General Manager (Operations), Cotton Australia The modern Australian cotton industry Questions/comments  

Matt Barwick – Coordinator, National Carp Control Plan

Kevin Cooper PSM AFSM – Issues Response Management specialist

National Carp Control Plan


Brian Simpson – Chief Executive Officer, Riverina Wine Grapes Marketing Board Wine Grapes: Market Forces in the Industry




  Panel session - Lessons from the Darling Questions/comments  
Kylie Walker – Regional Engagement Co-ordinator, Office of Environment and Heritage Regional Energy – Energy Efficiency and Renewable Opportunities


Bede Spannagle – Director Engineering, Riverina Water County Council Urban and Industrial Water Security Project Opportunities Questions/comments  

Dr Jane Doolan - Commissioner, Productivity Commission

John Madden - Associate Commissioner (Water), Productivity Commission

Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Five-year assessment draft report



Reply 22/10/18