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Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission to begin public hearings

14 June 2018

The Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission will hold its first public hearing on Monday 18 June, 2018.

Commissioner Bret Walker SC will provide opening comments and Senior Counsel Assisting Richard Beasley SC will make an opening statement.

The hearing will be held in the David Spence Room, 2nd Floor, Adelaide Town Hall, 128 King William Street, Adelaide from 10am.

The hearing will be open to the public and media, with limited seating available.

The hearing will be open to the public and media, with limited seating available.

A live audio of the hearing will be streamed on the Commission’s website, www.mdbrc.sa.gov.au and a transcript will be available on the website after the hearing.

The Commission was established in January 2018 by the South Australian Governor to inquire into the operations and effectiveness of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, and the final report is due on 1 February, 2018. 

Public hearings are the next stage in the Commission’s inquiry.

The Commission has also:

  • Consulted communities across the Murray-Darling Basin and visited key Basin sites.
  • Received more than 100 submissions on its inquiry.

Dates for further hearings will be available on the Commission’s website soon.

For updates on the Commission and to see its Terms of Reference and the two issues papers it has released go to www.mdbrc.sa.gov.au and connect on Facebook and Twitter.

Media attending hearings

Media are welcome to attend public hearings and there will be limited seats available at the rear of the hearing room.

The Commission has granted permission for media to record opening statements on June 18. A pool camera and photographer will be permitted to record the opening address on the condition images and recordings will be made available to other media and to the Commission.

Media guidelines for the Commission's public hearings are available on the Commission’s website.