2016


72nd National Conference & AGM  

26th - 27th October 2016

Dubbo, NSW

Local Government – the Voice of the Basin

 

        

 

Guest Presentations

Neil Andrew Chairman – Murray Darling Basin Authority

Presentation

Digby Jacobs Team Leader River Works and Management, NSW Department of Primary Industries – Water

Presentation

Andrew Sherman Russell Kennedy lawyers

Presentation

   Ken Rogers Dubbo Regional Council - Director Corporate Develop

Presentation

   Mick Callan Central West Councils Environment & Waterways  Alliance

Presentation

   Mike Sutherland Alkane Resources Ltd as General Manager NSW

Presentation

Darren Ah See Chief Executive Officer, Wellington Aboriginal Corp Health Service

Presentation

  Clair Miller  Dairy Australia/GMID Water Leadership Forum

Presentation

 

          

 

The MDA represents local government and the communities of the Murray-Darling Basin: That is 14 percent of the land mass of Australia, encompassing 179 councils, 82 of which are currently members of the MDA. 

That is a powerful voice.

In 2014, the Hon Craig Knowles then Chair of the MDBA, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the MDA. That MOU acknowledges the key role of local government in the governance of the Murray-Darling Basin, and the importance of local knowledge to effective decision making in the implementation of the Basin Plan. Mr Knowles said then: 

“If the MDA didn’t exist, we’d have to invent it”

noting that local government must have the means and opportunity to actively participate in informing water policy to give best effect to the implementation of the Basin Plan.  The MDA’s strength and success relies upon the active participation of our member councils. It is the technical and professional expertise that is uniquely invested in local government, that gives voice to the needs of our communities, individually and collectively across the Basin.