The Murray-Darling Basin Authority is set to bring communities from across the basin together during inaugural annual conference in Griffith next month.
The conference, called River Reflections, aims to highlight the latest knowledge and achievements and challenges of water management. The two-day event follows the opening of an MDBA office in Yambil Street.
"To have a regional office of the MDBA established in Griffith last year was a big step forward to build trust and better two-way communication and to now have the very first annual conference held here is a big deal," regional engagement officer Matt Woodward said.
"It's an opportunity to be involved and hear from some of the best innovators and companies that rely on water security. It's more than a conversation starter, it's a chance to ask questions as we reflect on the past, and look to the future."
The MBDA's strategy and knowledge executive director Vicki Woodburn said the conference was about creating positive connections between basin communities.
"This is the first annual conference. Each year a different region in the basin will host the event," Ms Woodburn said.
"The program has been developed in collaboration with community and industry leaders - an approach that enables focus themes to cover areas of most interest as well as highlight perspectives from the host region."
Ms Woodburn said the would be a broad line-up of speakers covering ecosystem health, water use innovation, climate change and how indigenous communities used and worked with rivers.
"It's not just about listening - there are plenty of opportunities for lively interactions and discussions as well," she said.
"And while this first conference is being hosted in Griffith, the focus is both local and Basin-wide, and open to anyone from anywhere to attend either in person or online."
Geoff McLeod from Finley's Southern Growers will present to the conference, as well Braeden Lampard from OzFish Unlimited while federal water minister Keith Pitt and Member for Farrer Sussan Ley will make keynote speeches.
"Sharing information is an important way our farming community can gain confidence to adopt different approaches to improve irrigated farming. I welcome the opportunity to talk about our experiences, challenges and the solutions we are working towards," Mr McLeod said.
There are restrictions on the number of attendees due to COVID-19 rules, however the first day of the conference will be live-streamed.
The conference begins on June 9 at Griffith Ex-Services Club, tickets are available from the MDBA's website.
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