Murray Darling Basin Authority office officially opens in Goondiwindi

MDBA chief executive, Phillip Glyde with Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud and Goondiwindi Regional Council Mayor, Graeme Scheu at the office's official opening.
MDBA chief executive, Phillip Glyde with Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud and Goondiwindi Regional Council Mayor, Graeme Scheu at the office's official opening.

Six months after opening, the Murray Darling Basin Authority office in Goondiwindi will expand, securing 20 jobs as the government continues the decentralisation of the MDBA.

The announcement was made at the official opening last week.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, said this was the biggest environmental program in the nation's history. 

"Goondiwindi will now be the centrepoint  for management," he said. "It's not just about management but about community consultation. This will be an economic driver for Goondiwindi with some flow-over jobs in St George and Dirranbandi."

The minister has been accused of "pork barreling" after choosing how own electorate for the office. "It's a strategic investment. It's common sense," he said.

MDBA chief executive, Phillip Glyde, said more than a third of staff had been moved outside of Canberra. "We will be able to listen better and to manage better," he said.

Mr Glyde said this was a "huge reform" with major changes to agriculture. "It is complex and being in the middle of a drought makes it even more challenging. This is an important step. With a presence in regional communities we can engage with locals."

"The decision makers are now living on the river," Mr Littleproud said. "This is not just office jobs but senior executive roles too. The science and legislation is settled and now people expect us to get on with the job. It's about the delivery of services to the people the services are to be delivered to. It will give those living and working on the Murray Darling Basin confidence in its management."