Expert comment on Basin draft plan

25 NOVEMBER 2011

The highly anticipated draft plan setting out how water will be managed in the Murray Darling Basin will be released on Monday 28 November and CSU has commentators available to provide analysis.

The highly anticipated draft plan setting out how water will be managed in the Murray Darling Basin will be released on Monday 28 November.
 
Charles Sturt University (CSU), Australia’s largest inland university, has commentators available to provide analysis of various aspects of the draft Murray Darling Basin Plan:
 
Professor Max Finlayson is wetland ecologist and Director, Institute for Land, Water and Society (ILWS) at CSU in Albury-Wodonga. Professor Finlayson is available to speak on what the plan means for the environment, its impact on wetlands in the Murray Darling Basin, and the ecosystem services provided by the environment. Read more here.

Professor Deirdre Lemerle, Director of the EH Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation (an alliance between CSU and the NSW Department of Primary Industries) in Wagga Wagga, said research will be needed to help farmers in the Murray Darling Basin adjust to change and ensure their operations are profitable and sustainable into the future. Read more here.

Professor Kevin Parton is an agricultural economist and a member of the Institute for Land, Water and Society at CSU in Orange. He is available to speak on the trade-offs between economic, social and environmental objectives of water reform. Read more here.

Professor Kath Bowmer is Professor of Water Policy and a member of the Institute for Land Water and Society at CSU in Wagga Wagga. She is involved with local communities in water reform and the consultation and participation processes of water reform. Read more here.

Professor John Blackwell is a principal scientist at the International Centre of Water for Food Security at CSU in Wagga Wagga. His research focus includes smart water and environment technologies, especially with reference to soil degradation, sewage treatment, salt management, and irrigation technologies. Read more here

Dr Jonathon Howard is an environmental sociologist and a member of the Institute for Land, Water and Society at CSU in Albury-Wodonga. He is available to speak on the social aspects of the plan and its impact on regional communities.  Dr Howard’s research focuses on the social and psychological dimensions of achieving sustainable water use.  Read more here.

Dr Iain Hume is a soil scientist with NSW Department of Primary Industries, an adjunct lecturer in the School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences at CSU in Wagga Wagga and a member of the EH Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation. He is a specialist in agricultural hydrology and is available to talk about water delivery, soil and irrigation. Read more here.

Ms Anna Lukasiewicz is social scientist based in the Institute for Land, Water and Society at CSU in Albury-Wodonga. She recently submitted her PhD on social justice in Australian water institutions. “A focus on local communities is an important re-framing of the water debate from a simplistic environment versus irrigation divide that promotes conflict to a future vision for rural Australia that would promote cooperation.” Read more here.

Media contact:

Emily Malone, 02 69332207

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