Bourke welcomes regional engagement officer

20 March 2017

A program to strengthen the connections between the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) and regional communities has appointed an officer based in Bourke.

The Chief Executive of the MDBA, Phillip Glyde, said he was pleased to announce the appointment of a Regional Engagement Officer (REO) hosted by the Bourke Shire Council.

"The newly appointed REO, Jen McKay, lives on a grazing property and has strong links with the local community, landholders and local government, which makes her a great fit for the MDBA REO program," Mr Glyde said.

"Having Ms McKay on board provides a new avenue for local people to feed their experiences, concerns and aspirations back to the MDBA, and is an important step towards greater community understanding of the Basin Plan.

"Ms McKay joins six other REOs working with us and will help us cover communities in north-western NSW on the Darling River.

"She has been working in local industry for a number of years, is very optimistic about the future and has previously stepped up to speak for the Bourke community during our engagement in the area.

"All seven REOs bring with them impressive skills and experience, which are matched by the expertise of their host organisations."

Bourke Shire Mayor Barry Hollman said Ms McKay would be a solid and fair voice for the greater Bourke community.

"Having an engagement officer in the Bourke area will help connect the community, council and landholders with the MDBA to share local experiences," Mr Hollman said.

"The Bourke Shire is a unique area that understands water issues and relies on a healthy river. We want to work with the MDBA to deliver a workable Basin Plan for the future."

Other organisations hosting a REO are the South Australian Murray–Darling Basin Natural Resource Management Board, Wentworth Shire Council, Greater Shepparton City Council, Leeton Shire Council, North East Catchment Management Authority and Regional Development Australia Darling Downs and South West Queensland.

Alongside the REO program, the MDBA has also announced that it will establish offices in Toowoomba, Albury-Wodonga and in Adelaide to further increase its regional presence and connections to Basin communities.

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