Restoring the Balance in the Murray-Darling Basin Program - Water for the Future fact sheet
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2010
The Water Recovery and Environmental Use Stakeholder Reference Panel was announced on 16 June 2009 by the Minister for Climate Change and Water.
The panel comprises stakeholders from a diversity of backgrounds covering a wide range of geographical locations in the Basin. The panel builds on and replaces the Stakeholder Consultative Committee established in May 2008 to provide stakeholder input to the 2007-08 review of the Australian Government's water purchasing program.
In particular, the panel will:
- Consider arrangements for the water purchase mechanisms developed under the Restoring the Balance in the Murray-Darling Basin program. This will include the socio-economic impact of water purchasing and the environmental benefits of water purchases and how best to provide information on the program to the public
- Provide stakeholder views on the proposed arrangements for managing the water from entitlements that the Commonwealth buys for the environment.
Panel members have been chosen so that feedback can be provided from a range of different perspectives and community interests. These views will be considered by the Department as it refines, implements and evaluates Water for the Future programs.
Appointments are for a minimum of twelve months and up to two years.
The Chair will be the First Assistant Secretary, Water Efficiency Division in the Department.
More information on the Restoring the Balance in the Murray-Darling Basin program can be obtained by calling 1800 218 478, or visit Restoring the Balance in the Murray-Darling Basin.