In 2014 the Board resolved to review the Constitution (2006) for compliance with current legislation under which the Association is incorporated, the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 (NSW).
The objectives of the review were to
a) resolve all ambiguity as to membership rights and voting entitlements,
b) establish a voting structure that provides equity for members, and re-established the primacy of purpose being to ensure local government has an
active voice at the state and federal level on Basin related issues, and
c) to retain wherever possible the founding intent and principles articulated in the existing constitution.
Andrew Sherman, an awarded expert in Local Government Law and Water Law of Russell Kennedy Lawyers provided legal advice drawing on both his expertise and the many years of association with the MDA. Andrew worked with the MDA executive, to draft the document. In 2015/16, an extensive consultation was undertaken with members across the Basin to ensure a collaborative approach delivered a constitution to meet the needs and expectations of the organisation and its members, now and into the fututre.
On October 26, 2016 at the 72nd Annual General Meeting of the MDA in Dubbo, the Murray Darling Association Inc Constitution 2016 was adopted. The constitution may be amended from time to time in accordance with the prescribed rules.
The first page of the Murray Valley Development League's Constitution was reprinted in the June 1946 issue of the Murray Valley Newsletter.
This page featured 10 sections, outlining the League's objectives and operations.
This document featured in the 1994 and 2014 editions of Up and Doing - a brief history of the Murray Valley Development League and the Murray Darling Association.
* Click here to read a text version of the first page of the Murray Valley Development League's Constitution.