LETTER: Basin panel feedback deadline nears

There is still time to have a say on how the independent panel should assess social and economic conditions in the Murray-Darling Basin.

It is crucial that the panel starts its work with the best possible ­input from members of the public, 

who can guide our work and provide valuable insights into the issues that are having an impact on them, from the headwaters all the way through the system to the mouth of the Murray River.

Draft terms of reference are published on the panel website, but we are still happy to take suggestions and hear ideas about whether we have the settings right.

Seven panel members have been appointed from across the basin, bringing with them div­erse expertise. What unites us is that each member is committed to ensur­ing every basin community secures the best future possible.

The panel was looking at seven key questions to investigate, from how water reforms have affected different communities including First Nations through to the best strategies to enhance resilience and community wellbeing.

I urge everyone interested in the panel’s assessments to bookmark the panel’s website and register for regular updates.

The deadline for feedback on the terms of reference and assessment mramework is the close of business on Friday. Visit www.basin-socio-economic.com.au or email ­independentpanel@mdba.gov.au.

Robbie Sefton, 

Independent Panel Chair

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