MDBA sets up shop in Goondiwindi

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Decentralisation is delivering government jobs to rural Queensland as the Murray-Darling Basin Authority sets up an office in Goondiwindi.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources said the new office would start out with up to five new jobs.

“It’s great to see this work go to rural Queensland and not a big city,” Minister Littleproud said.

“It just makes sense to put MDBA staff in Basin towns.

“They will have a personal understanding of why their work is so important.

“Those staff will live alongside the people affected by the Basin Plan, they’ll see them in the local pub, when they drop their kids at school or when they go to the local show.

“Country people deserve a fair share of Government jobs and this is a step in the right direction.

“I want even more Government jobs in places like Goondiwindi and I want this office to grow.

“This office will also help build confidence in the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

“There will also be eight permanent regional engagement officers based in towns like Narrabri, Bourke, Avenel, Mildura and Murray Bridge.

“The Goondiwindi office is will be well placed to deliver the Northern Basin Review and to make sure we get it right.

“I take my hat off to the MDBA for this decision and making sure their employees understand of what irrigators, indigenous people and communities in the Northern Basin need.”

Source: Australian Government