Murray committee announces new appointments

Seven top scientists and researchers have been appointed to the main advisorycommittee that informs the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

The appointments to the Advisory Committee on Social, Economic and Environmental Sciences (ACSEES) will provide much needed expertise and insignt into the roll out of the plan, the Murray–Darling Basin Authority’s (MDBA) chair Neil Andrew said.

"The Committee comprises an outstanding group of technical experts specialising in different aspects of water-related research and analysis for the Murray–Darling," Mr Andrew said.

"Their technical and policy expertise in economics, hydrology, climate, ecology, water governance and law, sociology and sustainable systems will inform the MDBA's ongoing work to deliver the Basin Plan to meet the future needs of the economies, communities and environmental assets of the Basin."

The Committee comprises the following members:

  • Professor Robert Vertessy (Chair), water security and environmental intelligence, University of Melbourne's School of Engineering and former head of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology

  • Professor Poh-Ling Tan, water law and governance, Griffith University's International Water Centre

  • Professor Michael Stewardson, environmental hydrology, water sharing and river science, University of Melbourne's School of Engineering

  • Professor David James, environmental and natural resource economics, University of the Sunshine Coast

  • Professor Sue Jackson, cultural and economic geography, Griffith University's Australian Rivers Institute

  • Professor Roger Stone, applied climate science, University of Southern Queensland

  • Professor Nick Bond, ecology and hydrology, La Trobe University's Centre for Freshwater Ecosystems.

"I look forward to the contribution ACSEES will make to the MDBA's work over the next important phase of Basin Plan implementation," Mr Andrew said.

"The Committee's work will help build confidence that the Basin Plan is supported by robust analysis, science and knowledge to deliver sustainable outcomes for communities, farmers and the environment, for current and future generations.

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