Social and economic

An important aspect of our work is gaining a comprehensive view of the social make-up and economic activity across the Basin. This work has never been done at a Basin-scale before and circumstances vary greatly between regions and between different industries.

The main street of the town of Molong in New South Wales. The street is lined with businesses and cars parked along its length, with busland visible in the background..
The main street of Molong in New South Wales. Photo by Arthur Mostead.

We've spent the past couple of years talking with local people, sitting down with local councils and collaborating with researchers to get a better understanding of the long-term social and economic trends that influence communities. We're looking at the whole picture of what's happening and identifying trends over many years, including those which arose well before the Basin Plan. That's why the foundation work we're doing now to understand social and economic change is so important.

This analysis will help to shed light on the role water reform might be playing and help us to monitor the effects of the Basin Plan, including local investment in water infrastructure.

A group of sheep grazing in a paddock at Dunnoon, near Howlong in New South Wales. Lush grassy hills and trees can be seen in the background.
Sheep grazing in a paddock at Dunnoon, near Howlong in New South Wales. Photo by Arthur Mostead.

Read more about understanding the effects of water reform on Basin communities and industries.