Community feedback deadline extended for Reconnecting River Country

Media release | 1 October 2021

The local community will have extra time to get involved, share knowledge and give feedback during the Reconnecting River Country Program’s first feedback stage, with the deadline to apply extended to 15 October.

Marianne Connolly, Acting Director, Reconnecting River Country Program, said private landholders, First Nations people and community organisations can help shape the future of the program by taking part in this important phase.

“Your feedback will help us identify and evaluate flows and their impacts, and help us determine mitigation options for affected landholders,” Ms Connolly said.

“We’re using scientific, technical and operational data, but we also need to hear local knowledge and insight from the people and stakeholders on the ground.

“That’s why we’re working closely with communities and maximising all opportunities for collaboration.”

Private landholders, First Nations people and the broader community who live near rivers in the following areas are invited to take part:

  • Hume to Yarrawonga (Murray River)
  • Yarrawonga to Wakool Junction (Murray River)
  • Murrumbidgee River (including Yanco Creek)

The NSW Government decided to extend the application closing date after considering recent health restrictions and their impacts on the region.

Ms Connolly said she was pleased with community’s response so far and wanted to ensure everyone had a chance to participate.

“We’ve seen strong interest and engagement in the program, and I want to thank everyone who’s come forward to lend their voice and share their expertise,” she said.

“We’ve heard how important it is to be flexible, especially given the necessary recent health measures and their impact on community members’ daily lives. We’ve listened and are happy to extend the application deadline, so people have more time to get involved.”

For more information on how to provide feedback and on eligibility, visit: dpie.nsw.gov.au/reconnecting-river-country-program.

Applications close 15 October 2021.

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