Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission holding community consultation in Moree

A community consultation at Albury-Wodonga earlier this year.
A community consultation at Albury-Wodonga earlier this year.

The Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission will hold a community consultation in Moree on Thursday, May 17 May.

The session will be held at The Max Centre, Level 1, 30 Heber Street, Moree, from 10.30am to 12pm.

The Royal Commission was established in January 2018 by the South Australian Governor to inquire into the operations and effectiveness of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Bret Walker SC, has been appointed Commissioner.

As part of its work, the Commission is listening to communities across the Basin through a series of community consultation sessions.

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Commissioner Bret Walker SC, Senior Counsel Assisting Richard Beasley SC, and Commission staff are travelling the expanse of the Basin, from Queensland to South Australia, as part of the Commission’s inquiry.

Mr Beasley said it was important for the Royal Commission to listen to Basin communities and see key sites first-hand.

“We are very aware that many communities in the Basin have been invited to several community consultations, and may be feeling that they’ve said all they can about the Basin Plan,” he said.

“There are a number of matters of recent public debate about the Plan though, and the Royal Commission is very keen to hear what local residents, irrigators, and business owners have to say about these matters, and any other issues we are focusing on that arise from our Terms of Reference and issues papers.

“We anticipate the contributions of Basin communities will be a significant part of the Commission’s inquiry, and will provide important information to us about local views concerning the Basin Plan.”

Anyone with an interest in the Basin Plan is welcome to attend the community consultation and share their views on issues raised by the Terms of Reference and the two issues papers released by the Commission.

If you would like to attend and/or speak at the session, please register through the Commission’s website, or by emailing or telephoning the Commission’s office.

Register online at www.mdbrc.sa.gov.au, email mdbroyalcommission@mdbrc.sa.gov.au or call (08) 8207 1483 or toll free (from landlines) 1800 842 817.

The Commission released Issues Paper 2 for discussion and is seeking submissions on the paper by June 1. For updates on the Commission and to see the Terms of Reference and both issues papers go to its website at www.mdbrc.sa.gov.au and connect on Facebook and Twitter.

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