The full board of the Murray Darling Association met last week as part of a three-day meeting of local government leaders from across the Murray Darling Basin.
Included in the program was a briefing from the Acting Chair of the Murray Darling Basin Authority Ms Joanna Hewitt AO and CEO Phillip Glyde on current conditions on the Barwon-Darling. The – and the Authority’s response to the South Australian Royal Commission Report, following.
MDA National President Cr David Thurley took the opportunity to welcome Ms Hewitt to the role, and to acknowledge the work done by outgoing Chair of the Authority Mr Neil Andrew AO.
“The relationship between the Authority tasked to implement the Plan, and the association representing the councils of the Murray Darling Basin is robust and respectful,” Cr Thurley said. “It has continued to strengthen in recent years.”
“The MDA, in representing the views of our members, works hard to ensure that the perspectives and issues of Councils and communities across the Basin are known to the Authority. What is needed most to preserve the health and capacity of the rivers and wetlands and the communities that rely on them, is strong and respectful exchange of knowledge and information so that all positions are considered.”
The board considered a range of other items at the meeting, including welcoming the newly appointed chairs of region 7 and 10, Cr Andrew Tilley of the City of Mitcham, and Mayor Craig Davies of Narromine Shire Council respectively, bringing the level of council representation on the board to its highest level in the organisations 75 year history.