By Angela Dorizas
The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has announced that it will undertake further analysis of the social and economic impacts of proposed water cuts on local communities.
MDBA chair, Michael Taylor, said the decision to conduct an expanded study was in response to recent community backlash against the scale of cuts.
“Over the last few days, we’ve heard loud and clear the call by regional communities across the Basin for further, updated research into the local community effects of the proposed Basin Plan,” he said.
Mr Taylor said the new study would deliver on the Authority’s commitment to the community to “broaden its social and economic evidence based on the impacts of the proposed Basin Plan”.
Mr Taylor said the study would build on “substantial social and economic work” already undertaken.
“The project will consider the range of likely negative and positive human, social, financial and economic implications of the proposed Basin Plan within the Basin’s 19 regions,” he said.
The study will also involve “extensive consultation” with local governments and communities.
It will examine the direct effects of the plan on agricultural production and local industries; flow-on effects on local industries and business activities; the human impacts, such as the mental health of affected individuals; wider social and cultural implications; and financial implications.
While this is a heated and passionate debate, it’s a worthwhile reminder of the importance of managing all stakeholders associated with the Catchment. The MDBA is showing good leadership in releasing information early, fronting the (understandably) angry townsfolk and adjusting its plan to cater for unexpected events such as those that occurred last week. Flexibility is key and I look forward to a better executed stakeholder management plan from MDBA.
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