The Murray Darling Basin Plan will see the biggest changes to water management in the Basin since Federation. The Basin Plan aims to deliver a “healthy working basin” in which “the natural ecosystem has been altered by the use of water for human benefit, but in which the altered system retains its ecological integrity while continuing to support strong communities and a productive economy”. The development of the Basin Plan has been fraught; understandable when attempting to bring together four state governments, one territory government, the federal government plus farmers, environmentalists, community groups and, of course, various scientific viewpoints. Despite the many challenges the Draft Plan is in its final stages of preparation by the Murray Darling Basin Authority before submission to the Australian Parliament. Dr Doolan will provide a high level overview of the process that has gone into the development of the Victorian input to the plan, and response to the current version.
About the speaker
Dr Jane Doolan is the Deputy Secretary Water, Victorian Department of Sustainability. Dr Doolan is responsible for providing policy advice to government on sustainable water resource management, including issues such as rural and urban water supply and security, national water reform and oversight of major state projects and programs. Dr Doolan has over 20 years of experience working in environmental management, driving key policy initiatives in river health, environmental water allocations and catchment management, both at state and federal level.
Come join us
Date: 11 December 2012
Time: 5:30pm meet and greet for a 6pm start. Due to security you need to arrive by 6pm.
The presentation will be followed by Christmas drinks and food on the rooftop.
Location: SKM (Level 16, 452 Flinders Street, Melbourne)
No need to RSVP
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