Thirst for engagement driving Glyde’s MDBA decentralisation plan

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority plans to expand its footprint to get closer to residents of the large water catchment area, but is taking a gradual approach to minimise disruption inside the agency and costs to taxpayers.

New positions — regional engagement officers — are being established as the first step in a plan to get closer to the agency’s stakeholders, explained chief executive Phillip Glyde.

“We will take our time to plan and get this right,” promised Glyde, an experienced public servant who has acted as Department of Agriculture and Water Resources secretary on several occasions, and has worked on both the environmental and agricultural sides of water management.

The decentralised approach aims to make it easier for members of Murray–Darling Basin communities and the various stakeholder lobby groups to communicate directly with the MDBA. Glyde also provided an update on his plans for new regional offices:

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