Regional Community Forums

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The MDBA has established 6 Regional Community Forums to hear from people about their stretch of the river, and their local region and community.

Basin communities hold generations of local river knowledge and experience and the MDBA aims to tap into this to build on our approach to water management from a local to a Basin-scale.

The 6 regions for the forums are:

Participants can access their portal by clicking the relevant link above.

We welcome new participants at any time. If you are interested in joining a forum group, please email the relevant contact on the right, or phone the MDBA engagement hotline for more information.

The first round of forums was held in July 2021 and feedback from participants has been encouraging. You can read more about the outcomes on the News tab below.

For more information on the forums visit https://www.mdba.gov.au/news-media-events/regional-community-forums.

The MDBA has established 6 Regional Community Forums to hear from people about their stretch of the river, and their local region and community.

Basin communities hold generations of local river knowledge and experience and the MDBA aims to tap into this to build on our approach to water management from a local to a Basin-scale.

The 6 regions for the forums are:

Participants can access their portal by clicking the relevant link above.

We welcome new participants at any time. If you are interested in joining a forum group, please email the relevant contact on the right, or phone the MDBA engagement hotline for more information.

The first round of forums was held in July 2021 and feedback from participants has been encouraging. You can read more about the outcomes on the News tab below.

For more information on the forums visit https://www.mdba.gov.au/news-media-events/regional-community-forums.

  • First forum meetings held

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    The first round of forum meetings was held in July 2021 and saw about 1,000 comments collected from the more than 100 virtual participants across all 6 sessions. The forums had a strong focus on condition monitoring and sought to understand how the MDBA can improve monitoring with stronger guidance from Basin communities.

    Participants included landholders, scientists, First Nations, community leaders, and those with a general passion for their local waterways.


    Some of the key messages to emerge across all 6 forum groups included:

    • the importance of a connected Basin system

    • knowledge sharing across all levels of the community

    • the importance of a healthy river to a healthy community.

    The word cloud here shows a quick snapshot of the most frequent words written by participants across all forum groups during their meetings.

    We are now analysing the information and insights collected, to develop a range of monitoring indicators to help give a better signal of the social, cultural, economic, and environmental health of the Basin.

    These community-led indicators will form a key foundation to monitoring in the Basin over the next few years.

    The next forum meetings are being planned for September/October.

Page last updated: 27 August 2021, 15:31