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Published: 14 March 2019   •   Media release

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, today officially opened the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) office in Goondiwindi, Queensland.

MDBA Chief Executive Phillip Glyde was at the office opening and said Goondiwindi was an important centre for a region where communities, businesses and the environment were all affected in some way by the prolonged drought conditions.

"We already have six staff and a regional engagement officer working in the north and Minister Littleproud's announcement means they will be joined by 14 others by the end of 2021," Mr Glyde said.

"This week the Minister also announced new MDBA offices in Griffith (New South Wales), Mildura (Victoria), and Murray Bridge (South Australia). These will complement our existing offices in Adelaide, Albury-Wodonga, Toowoomba, Goondiwindi and Canberra.

"I fully respect the government's right to consider a range of objectives, including regional development goals, when making decisions about where to locate its employees.

"This level of regionalisation for the MDBA would not have been possible without the dedicated funding the government has committed as well as adequate time to plan and transition.

"The funding will help us plan for the moves while maintaining delivery of our core responsibilities, like implementation of the Basin Plan, running the River Murray and responding to the current damaging drought all while we methodically work through the planning stages of regionalisation.

"The MDBA has a long commitment to being accessible to stakeholders and communities in the Basin and the Goondiwindi office is especially important for us working with northern Basin communities.

"It's great to be here today to see the support from the community for our staff. The work we do is important in delivering a sustainable Basin across its one million square kilometres and input from communities like Goondiwindi will help us to that more effectively."

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