The MDA will run a series of workshops titled Connecting Catchments and Communities, the first to be held in Renmark on the 22nd February 2019 10.00am to 4.00pm. The workshops will be presented as inter-regional events, aimed at enhancing water literacy and exchanging information between councils and communities across the Basin.
The Renmark event - Connecting Catchments and Communities: Menindee to The Mouth explore the role and management of both the Menindee Lakes, and the Coorong and Lower Lakes. Experts and the relevant authorities will look at both operational and ecological management strategies – and the interconnectedness of our Basin regions.
Following the success of such initiatives at the National Conference over recent years, the MDA will facilitate further education and information session on the topic of river health and connectivity from Menindee to the Coorong.
The series is targeted to councils and communities Barwon-Darling and South Australian Regions. The events will provide an opportunity for knowledge building and information exchange with government departments and agencies, and with each other.
Topics for the coming year include:
• Albury to Adelaide - exploring topics of inflows and urban water use, planning, flood management etc.
• Balonne to Broken Hill – exploring topics of irrigation in the Northern Basin, Barwon-Darling water sharing plan etc
• Moira to Mildura – exploring issues of constraints, management of the Barmah choke, impact of expanding the irrigation footprint to permanent plantings below The Choke, total capacity and supply obligations etc.
• Naran Lake to Nyngan – Managing the Macquarie Marshes – exploring the relationship between the irrigation, the SDLs and ephemeral wetlands of the interior.
For further information, or to register your interest in this event, please contact Cr Jane MacAllister of Wentworth Shire Council Chair of MDA Region 4 on 0427 118 396, or Cr Peter Hunter of Renmark Paringa Council, Chair of Region 5 on 0447 177 341. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org.