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Published: 04 April 2019   •   Media release

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has appointed a former farm manager and small business owner with strong local connections as the new Regional Engagement Officer for Menindee and the lower Darling in western New South Wales.

MDBA Chief Executive Phillip Glyde said Richard Unsworth would take up the Menindee position, which involves providing direct feedback to the MDBA about issues relating to the area and helping local communities learn more about water management.

"We're delighted to have Richard join our team and deepen our engagement with the Menindee and lower Darling communities," Mr Glyde said.

"When I visited Menindee with the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Member for Parkes Mark Coulton MP to talk with the community following the fish deaths in the lower Darling River, it was clear they wanted more regular and direct engagement with the MDBA.

"Given the significant challenges in the region, having an engagement officer who is involved with the community means we can hear more directly the views and frustrations the community is experiencing.

"My hope is this position will also help us work with Menindee community to improve river health and river management."

The position will be part time and for an initial six months.

Mr Unsworth joins seven other Regional Engagement Officers who live across the Basin, representing the Lower Balonne (Queensland), the Macintyre (Queensland and NSW), the Namoi – Gwydir (NSW), the Barwon–Darling (NSW), the Mid-Murray (NSW), Goulburn–Murray (Victoria) and the Lower Murray (SA).

Mr Glyde said Regional Engagement Officers all had strong local connections and valuable knowledge and were an essential part of the MDBA's ability to learn from local experience.

Information on the Regional Engagement Officers is available on the MDBA website.

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