2020 Strategic Workshop


Following a challenging start to the year, more than 30 community leaders from across the Murray- Darling Basin met last week for the 6th annual Murray Darling Association Strategic Planning workshop to collaborate on creating a stronger future for local government in the Basin.

The two-day event saw a gathering of mayors, councillors and senior executives of councils from Albury to Adelaide, Menindee to the Murray Mouth, as far afield as Balonne, Federation, Barunga West and more.

Councils discussed a range of issues, including the importance of place-based change and adaptation for local government, the role of science in dealing with big Basin issues, and how the MDA can work with local government to identify and achieve the future they want – not for the future they want back.

Day one of the workshop included presentations from and engagement with the CSIRO and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, while day two focussed on internal organisational development and planning.


The presentations have been made available below:

MDA Presentation Download the presentation here.  

Matthew Magin, Chief Executive Officer, Balonne Shire Council

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Dr Neil Lazarow, Research Leader, Basin Management Outcomes, CSIRO

Dr Gavin Rees, Principle Research Scientist, CSIRO

Download the presentation here.

Download the presentation here.