The Independent Assessment of Social and Economic Conditions in the [Murray Darling] Basin Panel this week released their draft report known as the ‘Sefton Report. The draft report can be viewed here.

The Panel was appointed in mid-2019, with investigations taking place across the entire Murray Darling Basin in the subsequent months to assess the social and economic conditions impacting communities. Our region is represented on this panel by Shepparton local and water expert David McKenzie.

Submissions and feedback on the draft report are still being sought ahead of the final report being submitted to the Minister in late April. Submissions can be made at the following website www.basin-socio-economic.com.au/draft-report-submission by clicking on the black “Submission Response” button towards the bottom of the page. Submissions need to be received before 5pm on April 5.

The Panel’s media release regarding the draft report can be viewed here.

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