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


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


Andrew Sherman Russell Kennedy lawyers


   Ken Rogers Dubbo Regional Council - Director Corporate Develop


   Mick Callan Central West Councils Environment & Waterways  Alliance


   Mike Sutherland Alkane Resources Ltd as General Manager NSW


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


  Clair Miller  Dairy Australia/GMID Water Leadership Forum





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.