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Campaign Media Release

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Water Mark Butler

ENVIRONMENTAL WATER GOES LOCAL

Federal Water Minister Mark Butler today announced locations where the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office (CEWO) will recruit local engagement officers to increase the ability of Basin communities to contribute to environmental water management.

Minister Butler said local engagement officers have been placed in locations close to important environmental watering sites and would be tasked to work with a range of water, environment and community organisations in their region.

“Building a network of local people who can contribute local knowledge to make the Murray more sustainable is an important part of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

“With officers based in Goondiwindi, Dubbo, Leeton, Deniliquin, Mildura and Berri providing a good spread across the Basin, their engagement and communication with local communities will provide valuable information that will ensure better environmental outcomes.

“The officers will provide local communities with face-to-face information about the use of Commonwealth environmental water and encourage local people to participate in decision-making around Commonwealth environmental water use.”

Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) and other relevant water and environmental management organisations were invited to host local engagement officers, who will be employees of the CEWO.

The following organisations will be working with the CEWO to establish hosting arrangements for the local engagement officers:

 Natural Resources South Australia Murray Darling Basin

 Mallee CMA, Murray CMA

 Murrumbidgee CMA

 Central West CMA

 Queensland Murray Darling Committee (not-for-profit organisation)

Minister Butler said these organisations were selected as they could support CEWO staff and already have good local engagement processes across the region.

Once hosting arrangements have been finalised, positions will be advertised in local media, through the Australian Public Service Gazette and on relevant websites.

Commonwealth environmental water is managed by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder to protect and restore rivers, wetlands and other environmental assets in the Murray-Darling Basin.

More than 1300 gigalitres of water is expected to be available in 2013-14 to improve the health of the many rivers, wetlands and floodplains in the Basin.

ADELAIDE 23 AUGUST 2013

Communications Unit: T 03 8625 5111 www.alp.org.au

Authorised by G. Wright, Australian Labor Party, 5/9 Sydney Avenue, Barton, ACT, 2600