| March 29, 2017

Damian Drum hits back at MDBA announcement

The Federal Member for Murray, Mr Damian Drum MP, has expressed his extreme frustration at the recent announcement by the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) chief executive, Mr Phillip Glyde.

‘The announcement that the MDBA is opening offices in Albury-Wodonga, Toowoomba and Adelaide is only the start of what they should be doing in regionalising the whole of the Authority’s administration,’ Mr Drum said.

‘My concern is that there is a risk regional community members would look at this as a token effort.

‘The National Party has taken the lead in the Coalition Government’s agenda to drive decentralisation. Relocating Government Agencies to rural and regional areas is a major part to this policy.

‘The MDBA is a prime example of a Government Agency that would benefit being on the ground and a part of the community it affects directly in its decision making.’

Mr Drum said the recent decision by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, announcing the establishment of the Regional Ministerial Taskforce to help drive new improvements to the lives of rural, regional and remote Australians, shows how important regional growth policy is to the Coalition Government.

‘As I have stated clearly in Parliament, decentralisation is imperative for our national economy,’ Mr Drum said. ‘Relocating whole agencies such as the MDBA to a regional centre, such as Shepparton, must be on the agenda, not just piece-meal efforts.’ 

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