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Sustainable Diversion Limits for the Murray-Darling Basin Issues Paper

As part of the development of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, the MDBA released an issues paper on ‘Development of Sustainable Diversion Limits (SDLs) for the Murray-Darling Basin’. The paper explored issues around developing SDLs for the Basin and the MDBC invited responses to the paper from scientists, peak bodies and indigenous people.

The process was potentially contentious and it was important to engage stakeholders, build their trust in the MDBA and encourage them to express their views. Seftons wrote a detailed report on the stakeholder forums and the 154 written submissions. The report included abstracts of each submission, categorising responses into key issue areas to identify recurring themes, and capturing all the recommendations. Through the careful structuring of the final report we ensured stakeholders’ views were presented clearly and equitably and in a way that was useful to the MDBA staff.

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Murray-Darling Basin Authority

logo-murray_darling_basin_authority Seftons demonstrated a high standard of professionalism in undertaking this work, assisted no doubt by their considerable knowledge and understanding of the complex issues associated with water resource management, the Murray-Darling Basin, and issues affecting rural, regional and remote communities. Their methodology and framework for reviewing and reporting on the submissions ensured that the views contained in the submissions were captured. Seftons understood the political sensitivity of the project and their insight and knowledge helped ensure the success of the project.
—Di Mead

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