Local information and experience is critical to being able to effectively manage and deliver Commonwealth environmental water. We are very grateful for the expertise, advice, feedback and support provided by our delivery partners, environmental water holders, members of our advisory panels, regional advisory groups who invite us to participate in their processes, and the many landowners who work with us to plan, manage and monitor the use of environmental water in the Basin.
Your suggestions for environmental watering
Individuals and groups within the Basin community are encouraged to submit suggestions for the use of Commonwealth environmental water. This includes, but is not limited to, catchment management authorities, not-for-profit organisations, community groups, Indigenous organisations, and landholders. More information on how to submit your suggestion is available from the Your suggestions web page.
Local Engagement Officers
On 6 February 2013 Water Minister Tony Burke announced the Gillard Government will recruit specialised local staff to work with the community to help restore the Basin to health.
Up to six Commonwealth Environmental Water Local Engagement Officers will be based in regional communities across the Basin and work with local people to determine how best to use the environmental water outlined in the Basin Plan. For more information see the Minister's press release:
- Local engagement officers for environmental watering - Media release 6 February 2013
Seeking expressions of interest from potential hosting organisations
The Commonwealth Environmental Water Office is seeking expressions of interest from organisations located within the Murray-Darling Basin to host a local engagement officer.
Preferred hosting organisations are those that are involved in water management or related activities, including environmental conservation or agriculture. These include:
- catchment management authorities and natural resource management boards
- state government agencies
Other potential hosts who may benefit from a closer relationship with Commonwealth Environmental Water Office may also submit an expression of interest, including:
- water management organisations and water infrastructure operators
- industry, environmental and community organisations
- local governments
The Commonwealth Environmental Water Office has written to preferred hosting organisations that it has identified, but welcomes enquiries from other potential hosts. Information on the eligibility and selection criteria and the process for selecting a hosting organisation is available by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Commonwealth Environmental Water Office is seeking expressions of interest by 12 April 2013.
Frequently Asked Questions
The following 'Questions and Answers' also provide more information about the Local Engagement Officers.