A wealth of experienced Riverland water groups joined today to advance shared priorities and address future water security challenges with the Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia at the Combined Water Communities Roundtable in Renmark.
Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt attended the roundtable facilitated by Member for Barker Tony Pasin.
Minister Pitt reaffirmed the Coalition Government’s commitment to prioritising local community solutions to local water issues.
“We are committed to building trust, visibility and accountability in all institutions involved in caring for the river system for the benefit of the groups here today,” Minister Pitt said.
“That’s why I was so pleased to accept Mr Pasin’s invitation to listen to those at the forefront of Riverland water issues including local councils, irrigators and local community.
“I am keen to understand the issues on the ground so the Morrison-McCormack Government can provide solutions and the appropriate support where we can.
“In September, I announced the Murray–Darling Communities Investment Package which was is about putting communities and jobs at the heart of the Basin Plan.”
Mr Pasin said the recent $3.8 million investment in the region from the Murray–Darling Basin Economic Development Package was a demonstration of the government’s commitment to support ideas developed by the community.
“This roundtable brings together leading local voices to meaningfully discuss how we secure a strong future for the Riverland,” Mr Pasin said.
“I’m looking forward to all attendees sharing their insights and working collaboratively though the range of important issues and challenges facing the irrigation community.
“The Coalition Government is committed to boosting economic activity, attracting jobs and building community resilience.
“This cannot be achieved without the strong local voices and a commitment to achieving a sustainable river for future generations.”
Representatives from Berri Barmera, Renmark Paringa and Loxton Waikerie District Councils, Riverland Horticulture Futures Group, Water Communities SA and the Central and Renmark Irrigation Trusts attended the roundtable and also addressed the challenges of delivering sustainable water solutions for businesses and the environment in the face of hotter climate conditions and the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on the region.
Minister Pitt – Marnie Hobson 0407 090 230
Tony Pasin – Ness Juergens 08 8531 2466