Goolwa regional coordinator to engage communities on water reform

4 September 2020

An Australian Government-funded regional coordinator officer position will support Lower Murray South Australia community participation in water reform.

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Keith Pitt today joined Senator for South Australia and Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston to announce the Goolwa Region Regional Coordination Officer role.

“The position will be hosted by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority but will support the work of all Commonwealth agencies involved in the delivery of Basin Plan water reform including the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office and the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment,” Minister Pitt said.

“The role will be to coordinate opportunities for agencies and communities to consider and share information on communications and engagement approaches, information on the Basin Plan and its implementation, science and research programs, adaptation to change, and education and water literacy programs.

“The Australian Government is absolutely committed to ensuring Basin communities are fully engaged on the Basin Plan and are able to easily access information about how it might impact them.  An important part of that engagement is making sure staff are located in regions right across the Basin,” Minister Pitt said.

Minister Ruston said the role would support the building of stakeholder and community relationships and improve understanding of water management issues that were relevant to the Goolwa Region.

“The role of the regional coordination officer will support the Murray–Darling Basin Authority’s engagement objectives by working across the Murray Bridge regional office area and alongside regional staff,” Minister Ruston said.

The Australian Government also acknowledges the work of Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie who has advocated for this position.

Recruitment for the position will commence in the coming weeks.