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Memorandum of Understanding between Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations and Murray-Darling Basin Commission

Category: Agreement
Date: 23 March 2006
Sub Category:Memorandum of Understanding
Location:Murray and Lower Darling River valleys below the Menindee Lakes Storage, Australia
Alternative Names:
  • MOU between MLDRIN and MDBC
  • Subject Matter:Collaboration / Partnership | Consultation | Cultural Heritage | Environmental Heritage | Land Management | Management / Administration | Water
    Summary Information:
    The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN) and Murray-Darling Basin Commission (MDBC) is an agreement to enable MLDRIN's participation 'in the management of the natural resources of the Murray and Darling River valleys below the Menindee Lakes Storage' (MOU 2006).

    The Chairman of MLDRIN, Mr Matthew Rigney, has said that the MOU 'signifies the formalisation of Indigenous involvement in the programs and projects of the Murray Darling Basin Commission' (MDBC 2006).

    The MOU was negotiated over four years (Senate 2006, 52). It was signed by the President of the MDBC and authorised representatives of the Indigenous nations at a ceremony near Albury, New South Wales, in March 2006.

    Detailed Information:
    Purpose

    The purpose of the MOU is to enable the parties to:
    recognise their shared interests and goals;
    establish a collaboration framework;
    develop dialogue processes with Indigenous nations; and
    ensure that Indigenous nations' traditions are part of policy development
    with regard to natural resource management in the Murray and Darling River valleys. The parties also agree to create mechanisms and processes for achieving the goals of the MOU.

    Relationship between the parties

    MLDRIN and MDBC have agreed to establish a cooperative relationship, so that the use of the natural resources of the Murray and Darling River valleys will respect and benefit the cultural heritage of the Indigenous nations.

    Responsibilities of the parties

    Under the MOU, MDBC is responsible for providing a forum for Indigenous nations to discuss issues in natural resource management, providing resources to MLDRIN and the Indigenous nations in relation to their roles under the MOU and providing relevant information, expertise and data in natural resource management.

    MLDRIN is responsible for promoting Indigenous nations' participation, facilitating cooperation between Indigenous nations and the government, promoting issues that are of common concern to Indigenous nations and establishing interaction processes that are respectful of traditional communication methods.

    The MOU also requires the development of general frameworks and processes to enable the parties to reach understandings in relation to issues such as engagement in natural resources management, cultural heritage and social and economic outcomes.

    Review

    The MOU is to be reviewed three years after the date of signing (that is, March 2009).

    Related Entries

    Organisation
  • Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations - Signatory
  • Murray-Darling Basin Commission - Signatory

  • References

    General Reference
    Murray-Darling Basin Commission (April 2006) 'Indigenous Peoples and MDBC reach historic partnership agreement'
    Book Chapter
    Morgan, M, Strelein, S, Weir, J, (2006) 'Authority, Knowledge and Values: Indigenous Nations Engagement in the Management of Natural Resources in the Murray-Darling Basin' in M Langton et al (eds), Settling with Indigenous People: Modern treaty and agreement-making (The Federation Press, 2006).
    Report
    Murray-Darling Basin Commission (2006) Annual Report 2005-2006
    Resource
    Monica Morgan, Lisa Strelin and Jessica Weir (2004) AIATSIS Research Discussion Paper No 14: Indigenous Rights to Water in the Murray Darling Basin
    Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (2007) Website
    Workshop Presentation
    Steven Ross (2006) Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations, Presentation to the Native Title Conference 2006
    Hansard
    Steven Ross (15 September 2006) Evidence to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

    Documents

    Document
    Memorandum of Understanding between Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations and Murray-Darling Basin Commission - ( PDF)

    Glossary

    Memorandum of Understanding

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