The draft plan will be made available on the 28th of November 2011, which is when the formal public consultation period starts.
We are keeping the public consultations open for the next 20 weeks to give people an opportunity to read the draft plan, discuss it with their community leaders, discuss it with us and then provide us with their feedback via our submission process. The closing date for submissions is the 16th April 2012.
This public consultation builds on the many meetings we have held over the past few months by providing a range of ways for people to meet and ask questions of us.
We’ve listened to a great number of people who have said that they don’t want to have meetings immediately after the draft plan is available, so we are starting our meetings the week after the draft goes out.
From 5 to 16 December 2011 we will hold open public meetings in some of the areas where there is likely to be more water recovery needed:
- St George (7 December)
- Murray Bridge (9 December)
- Shepparton (13 December)
- Griffith (15 December)
- Deniliquin (16 December).
Apart from these public meetings we will also hold smaller meetings with local community and representative groups in those and other towns around the time of the public meetings.
We will then continue consultations after Australia Day so people can enjoy Christmas (we added an extra four weeks to the consultation period to allow for this).
At that time we’re looking at visiting Goondiwindi, Mildura, Renmark and Swan Hill. Again, we’ll be holding smaller meetings for detailed conversations in those towns as well as in a range of other places such as Hay, Albury, Wodonga and Narrabri.
You can get information about our future public consultation activities and events from our website, your local media and local organisations (e.g. councils).
We are keen to talk to anyone who is interested and will schedule meetings as needed. As we do schedule more public meetings those details will go up on our website, or register to receive direct updates.
And don’t forget – you can ask a specific question of us as well, by posting a comment on the blog, emailing us or phoning 1800 230 067.