SE NRM create advisory group

REVIEW: Advisory chair Fiona Rasheed with MP Tony Pasin.
REVIEW: Advisory chair Fiona Rasheed with MP Tony Pasin.

The South East Natural Resources Management Board has formed a Stakeholder Advisory Group for the Lower Limestone Coast Water Allocation Plan science review.

SE NRM Board presiding member Fiona Rasheed, who also chairs the advisory group, said it’s critical that the community is thoroughly engaged and consulted throughout the process.

“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 includes:

  • SE NRM Board (Fiona Rasheed) – Advisory Group Chair
  • SE NRM Board (Kerry de Garis)
  • Coonawarra Vignerons (Peter Balnaves)
  • Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council (James Freckleton)
  • Hynam East Irrigators (Tim Koch)
  • Zone 5A Irrigators (Nick Hillier)
  • Mid-South East Irrigators (John Hensel)
  • South East Potato Growers (Andrew Widdison)
  • Green Triangle Forest Products Committee (Darren Shelden)
  • Australian Forest Products (Leon Rademeyer)
  • Subclover Growers (Andrew Shepherd)
  • SA Dairy Farmers Association (Graeme Hamilton)
  • Grain Producers SA (David Malpas)
  • Limestone Coast Local Government Association (Erika Vickery)
  • Conservation Council SA (Mark Bachmann)
  • SA Water (Michelle Irvine)
  • South East Aboriginal Focus Group (Doug Nicholls)
  • Livestock SA (representative to be confirmed)

For more information contact Matthew Honner on 8735 1177 or matthew.honner@sa.gov.au.