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Strategic Water Program commences

The community will have a new way of raising local water issues with the announcement of Murray CMA's Strategic Water Program.

Project Manager David Clarke said the Program would be an important partnership with local community groups to better understand local ideas and issues relating to water use and management.

"The Program now provides local community groups with an opportunity to tell us about their ideas and issues and how Murray CMA may be able to assist progress these further.

"During the development of the Murray Catchment Action Plan 2013 – 2023 we heard our local communities' request for greater use of triple-bottom-line principles in water use and management (a balance between people, environment and production).

"This Program is a first step in providing community groups with the opportunity to have their local knowledge and values better incorporated into future water related planning activities," he said.

Ideas and issues relating to water use and management can be submitted under a number of categories including; Stock and Domestic, Water Efficiency, Skills and Knowledge, Indigenous, Stormwater, Policy and Legislation, Groundwater, Environmental, Technology, Floodplain Management, Monitoring and Other.

The Program recognises the key role the NSW Office of Water (NOW) plays in water policy and the role the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) plays in environmental water management in NSW.

Where appropriate, we will pass community ideas and issues onto NOW or OEH where they are best able to assist.

Murray CMA's Program is designed to help local community groups raise their ideas and issues and should not be confused with NOW's current review of the Murray Lower Darling Water Sharing Plan which is being managed by NOW as a separate process.

The Program applies to the Murray Local Land Services area of operations that becomes effective from 1 January 2014 and includes all of the local government areas between Wakool Shire Council in the west and Tumbarumba Shire Council in the east.

A budget of $50,000 has been allocated to the Program from the Catchment Action NSW program for 2013/14 primarily to progress priority ideas and issues further.

Local community groups are encouraged to submit their priority ideas and issues online at
http://murray.cma.nsw.gov.au/strategic-water-program by Monday, 9 December 2013.

More detailed information is being sent to a number of local community groups over the course of the coming week.

Local community groups that do not receive more detailed information about the Program but still wish to be involved are also invited to participate.

Further information about the Program is available online at the above link or can be requested by emailing murraycmastrategicwater@cma.nsw.gov.au