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Regional community forums

A healthy, productive river system is vital to communities across the Murray–Darling Basin that rely on it to sustain their lives and livelihoods.  

Basin communities hold generations of local river knowledge and experience. Tapping into this understanding will add value to all levels of water management from local to Basin-scale decisions.

The MDBA is establishing regional community forums to strengthen the capture and use of this knowledge.  We are looking for a diverse cross-section of the local community with a knowledge of, or interest in, the environment, agriculture, climate, or natural resource management.

Participants will have the opportunity to build their knowledge about the science of their region and the Basin, see the role of science in decision making, and contribute to the MDBA science and monitoring program.

Forum members will contribute their understanding and local knowledge to build on existing science of the Basin and influence monitoring and evaluation strategy development, which is key to better understanding and implementation of water management reform.

The forums, comprising up to 20 people, are being established in 6 regions: 

  • Queensland Basin (Goondiwindi-Toowoomba)
  • Central West, New South Wales (Dubbo, Canberra)
  • Murrumbidgee (Griffith)
  • Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District and New South Wales Mid-Murray (Albury Wodonga)
  • Sunraysia (Mildura)
  • Riverland and South Australian Murray (Murray Bridge).

To support meaningful community input regional residents with an interest in science are invited to apply to join one of 6 new local Regional Community Forums.

To express your interest in participating in the forum email a short statement or your CV to or call 1800 230 067. Expressions of interest close Friday, 23 April 2021.

Please note, participation in these forums is voluntary.

Updated: 14 May 2021