How is the Panel Engaging with Communities?

    The Panel has recently undertaken a submissions process that sought input on the Terms of Reference and the Assessment Framework that guides the Panel's work.

    This engagement has enabled the Terms of Reference to be framed by stakeholders, and has also informed the approach to consultation.

    From 30 September 2019, the Panel will be engaging with Stakeholders through 12 Drop In Sessions, 27 Targeted Round table discussions in 22 locations across the basin.

    In parallel, people will be able to contribute through an online survey.

    Drop-Sessions will be held in:

    ·  Coleambally

    ·  Hay

    ·  Balranald

    ·  Finley

    ·  Shepparton

    ·  Cobram

    ·  Cohuna

    ·  Mildura

    ·  Wentworth

    ·  Loxton

    ·  Moree

    ·  Bourke

    How can I stay informed about the project?

    The best way to keep updated on the Panel's work and to keep an eye out for further opportunities to have your say will be via the website. The Panel will use this as the main interface to keep people updated.

    The Panel will be sharing insights and analysis on the website as the assessment is undertaken.


    What is a Drop In Session?

    A Drop-In Session is an open engagement session enabling participants to receive some information about the panel and its work, but more importantly to share their knowledge and experience with Panel members.

    The Panel wants to hear from communities about current social and economic conditions, test how lived experience aligns with analysis and research, understand key trends, drivers and impacts from water reform, and learn of community-led ideas and solutions.

    To guide discussions, the Panel has issued a consultation primer with objectives and questions that will be used to frame the engagement.


    Why aren't the Panel visiting my community?

    The Panel is seeking to engage with a broad mix of communities, across different parts of the Basin to gain a well-rounded appreciation of social and economic conditions.

    However, it is not possible for the Panel to visit each community in the Basin.

    To ensure everyone can have their say, the Panel will be seeking stakeholder input via an online survey that will pose the same consultation questions that will guide face to face engagement with stakeholders.

    All responses will be considered in the Panel’s assessment of social and economic conditions.

    I cannot attend a session, how can I stay involved?

    To ensure everyone can have their say, the Panel will be seeking stakeholder input via an online survey that will pose the same consultation questions that will guide face to face engagement with stakeholders. All responses will be considered in the Panel’s assessment of social and economic conditions.