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Royal Commission Community Consultation to be held in Albury-Wodonga

4 April 2018

The Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission will hold a Community Consultation in Albury-Wodonga on Wednesday 11 April, 2018.

The session will be held at the Albury Entertainment Centre, Elizabeth Room, from 11am to 12.30pm.
 
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. 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.
 
Commissioner Bret Walker SC, Senior Counsel Assisting Richard Beasley SC, and Commission staff will travel 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 issue we are focusing on that arise from our Terms of Reference and Issues Paper. 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 and share their views on issues raised by the Terms of Reference and Issues Paper. 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: mdbrc.sa.gov.au or email: mdbroyalcommission [at] mdbrc.sa.gov.au.
 
Telephone: (08) 8207 1483 or toll free (from landlines) 1800 842 817.
 
To inform its work the Commission is also:

Visiting key sites across Basin states.

Receiving written submissions from the public, with the submission period open until 30 April, 2018. Submissions can be uploaded at mdbrc.sa.gov.au

Conducting public hearings to gain more information about the Basin Plan and impacts.

For updates on the Commission go to its website at mdbrc.sa.gov.au and connect on Facebook and Twitter.