Following the adversity of droughts, fires and Covid-19 we know that the towns, regions and countries to emerge quickest and strongest are those with innovative, connected local leadership.
It’s no surprise then that local government and the communities of the Murray Darling Basin are well placed to adapt and forge ahead in 2021 - and beyond. Basin councils have, after all, spent years building connections across catchments and communities.
With our rivers, our borders and even our attitudes increasingly fragmented, clever councils recognise the importance of innovation to restore and build connectivity.
Connectivity of communities is essential to our people. In the same way, a healthy river system must have connectivity of flows. There is no future on a dry system.
The MDA’s 77th National Conference & AGM is your opportunity to be part of the solution – to join the conversation, to inform future policy, and to engage with the innovators, scientists, educators and leaders of our time.
Join us in Wentworth, where the mighty rivers connect; where local, technical and political leaders will come together to tackle the big issues of the Basin and forge a future of connected councils and catchments.
The Darling / Baaka River is the major tributary to the Murray-Darling River system – the largest system on the Australian continent. French contemporary artist JR's multifaceted world-exclusive project for NGV Triennial, Homily to Country, draws into focus the complex issues of this river system as a consequence of intensive irrigation, climate change and drought.
|Name||Title||Presentation||Time on Video|
|Mayor Susan Nichols||Mayor, Wentworth Shire Council||Welcome to Wentworth|
|Cr David Thurley OAM||National President, Murray Darling Association||Welcome to Wentworth|
|Minister for the Environment, Member for Farrer||Opening address|
|General Manager, Wentworth Shire Council||Wentworth Shire Council: Our Plans and Projects – The Bold Vision|
|Water Reform – The National Perspective||7:55|
|BOM – Climate and water update Cool tools to access water information||38:40|
|Student Presentation||Student Presentation||1:06:05|
|Community, Connection and Meeting the Challenge of Change||2:27:50|
|Local Leadership – a National Priority: The role of local government in the national decision-making framework Facilitated by Stephen Blackadder CEO Blackadder Associates||2:54:30|
|CEO,||Breaking the Murray-Darling Basin Plan SDLAM impasse – a proposal||3:38:40|
|The Visitor Economy – Connecting Basin Communities (or Tourism – The Basin Plan’s Silent Partner)||4:34:40|
|Strengthening the visitor economy - helping people discover the magic of the Murray River||4:48:25|
|The First Basin Plan||5:06:05|
|Connecting Science with Communities||5:34:30|
|Francis Chiew||Science leader, CSIRO||Climate change, communities and water resources adaptation||5:36:20|
|David Post||Research scientist, CSIRO||Water and environment research in the Murray-Darling Basin||5:51:05|
|Ewan McEoin||The National Gallery of Victoria presents Homily to Country 2020 by French Artist JR.||Dinner|
|Name||Title||Presentation||Time on Video|
|Minister for Water, Property and Housing NSW||Opening address||25:30|
|CEO, NSW Water Sector||46:50|
|Interim CEO, One Basin CRC||A new era in collaboration, R&D and adoption||52:35|
|Alluvium Group||Informing connections between catchments and communities – a multi-disciplinary approach||1:19:00|
|A/Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder||Panel Session: What are our options: a healthy, connected Barka or major social change in the Far West? Implications for governments and communities. Facilitated by Professor Nick Bond Director of the Centre for Freshwater Ecosystems Theme lead, Resilient environments and communities, La Trobe University||2:26:45|
|Gomeroi and Youalaroi Murri|
|Director, Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists|
|NSW Irrigators Council|
|Executive Manager System Operations|
|CEO, National Water Grid Authority||Delivering the National Water Grid||3:29:05|
|Chair, MDBA||Climate Change and the Murray Darling Basin Plan||4:55:50|
|Executive Directror of River Management, MDBA||5:15:30|
|Irrigation and Great Water Stewardship||5:33:30|
|Emma Bradbury||CEO, Murray DArling Association||Basin Communities Leadership Program: “If there’s one thing the Basin needs as much as rain, it’s leadership”||6:01:20|
|The Hon. Troy Grant||Interim Inspector-General of Water Compliance (IIGWC)||Closing address||6:22:50|
|The Hon. Keith Pitt, MP||Minister Resources, Water and Northern Australia Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment||Opening remarks for the Murray Darling Association 77th Annual General Meeting||7:22:00|