SE NRM board presiding member Fiona Rasheed, who also chairs the advisory group, said it was critical that the community was thoroughly engaged and consulted throughout the process.
The board has engaged the Goyder Institute for Water Research as an independent body to conduct the science review... Our aim is to ensure the review is transparent, and the community is involved at every step.
“Affected licensees must feel confident that the water allocation decisions made by the board are based on the best available science,” Ms Rasheed said.
“Irrigators expressed concerns about the science used to direct reductions to water allocations, as well as the potential economic impacts the reductions might have.
“The board has engaged the Goyder Institute for Water Research as an independent body to conduct the science review.
“The Institute will consult with the Stakeholder Advisory Group, as well as technical experts.
“Our aim is to ensure the review is transparent, and the community is involved at every step.”
The Stakeholder Advisory Group has representatives from the following bodies:
- SE NRM Board
- Coonawarra Vignerons
- Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council
- Hynam East Irrigators
- Zone 5A Irrigators
- Mid-South East Irrigators
- South East Potato Growers
- Green Triangle Forest Products Committee
- Australian Forest Products
- Subclover Grower
- SA Dairyfarmers’ Association
- Grain Producers SA
- Limestone Coast Local Government Association
- Conservation Council SA
- SA Water
- South East Aboriginal Focus Group
- Livestock SA
- Details: Matthew Honner on 08 8735 1177.