Wakool Shire Council is partaking in a Murray-Darling Basin Authority research project being facilitated by Dr Michael Fortunato from Sam Houston State University in Texas. The Shire has been selected along with only three other communities (St George/Dirranbandi, QLD, Coleambally and Warren NSW) to take part in this research project.
Dr Fortunato is undertaking a project aimed at improving community adaptability to water management changes through effective community driven engagement and planning. The Murray-Darling Basin Authority is facilitating this work by brining Dr Fortunato to Australia to conduct a series of workshops with community and industry leaders in the Basin.
This involves structured workshops with community and industry to discuss the challenges and changes facing rural towns. The workshops will provide an opportunity for people from different sectors to share knowledge and work together on a plan to adapt to and manage the change that is occurring, including reduced water availability as a result of climate change, drought and water reform.
At the initial workshop sessions, the researcher will also conduct face-to-face interviews and brief focus groups to investigate changes in participant attitudes, participant assessments of culture and capacity, feedback on the process, and confidence of participants on key innovation metrics.
In the second follow-up workshops there will be a focus on overcoming barriers, managing ongoing conflicts, and building continued community collaboration into the future.
Community workshops will be held in each town – Barham, Moulamein, Wakool, Murray Downs and Tooleybuc as detailed below:
Mon 9th May, 6pm
cluBarham Auditorium and;
Mon 23rd May, 6pm
Wakool Memorial Services Club
Wed 11th and Thurs 26th May, 6pm
Tooleybuc Sporting Club
Thurs 12th and Wed 25th May, 6pm
Murray Downs Golf and Country Club
Fri 13th and Tues 24th May, 6pm
Moulamein Bowling Club
For further information or to register your interest in attending these workshops please contact the Moulamein Office of Wakool Shire on 03 5887 5007.