The Coalition Government is investing more than $520,000 to work with the Warren and Collarenebri communities to help address the social and economic impacts of water recovery under the Murray–Darling Basin Plan.
Minister for Resources and Water Keith Pitt said the funding would support a facilitator dedicated to identifying economic development opportunities and improving community outcomes.
“We know that the Murray–Darling Basin Plan has had different effects on different communities with some impacted by water recovery more so than others,” Minister Pitt said.
“Basin communities are best placed to identify and drive the delivery of economic development opportunities in their own communities and this facilitator’s role is to provide a dedicated resource to do just that.”
Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the facilitator role would help the Warren and Collarenebri communities continue to develop.
“The New South Wales Government has now appointed the facilitator to take on this 3-year position in the Warren and Collarenebri communities,” Mrs Pavey said.
“The facilitator will work closely with the Warren and Collarenebri communities to identify new projects and initiatives that will help them progress in the years to come, setting these communities up for a more sustainable future.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the Warren and Collarenebri communities could benefit greatly from the expertise and advice the facilitator would bring.
“A key element of the facilitator’s role will be to closely engage with new and existing businesses, local councils and community organisations in Warren and Collarenebri to develop a strategic plan designed to empower the communities to expand and grow their economic potential,” Mr Coulton said.
“These communities are in the best position to imagine and realise their own futures.
Having a facilitator available on the ground to turn those ideas into actions is just what these communities need.”
For more information on this facilitator position, please contact Ken Harrison,
Deputy Director, Far West NSW at firstname.lastname@example.org