CSU in Murray Darling Basin forum
9 SEPTEMBER 2014
Charles Sturt University's (CSU's) Institute for Land Water and Society (ILWS) Director Professor Max Finlayson has presented a lecture as part of the Uniting Church's Murray-Darling Forum, Toward a new and risky path for the common good on Sunday 31 August in Albury. Professor Finlayson, a wetland ecologist, has extensive experience in Australia and overseas in water pollution, mining and agricultural impacts, invasive species, climate change, and human wellbeing and wetlands. The forum at Saint David's Uniting Church heard about the land and water issues in the Basin, including those covering water quality and quantity. Professor Finlayson said, "They also asked about the efficacy of environmental flows, water usage and the growing of various crops, the importance of irrigation for food security and whether all current farming choices were appropriate and how to deal with climate variability. The impact of change on the livelihoods and wellbeing of people across the Basin was considered with a strong emphasis on the need for pastoral and support for those most adversely affected. The discussions were held in an apolitical manner and showed the value of a dialogue and exchange of information about the choices we face and the consequences for the environment and people, and how these are interconnected."