The Murray Darling Environmental Foundation, an initiative of the Murray Darling Association, was formed to enable businesses, organisations and individuals to contribute in a tax-effective way to improve, maintain and restore land and water resources of the Murray-Darling Basin. The Foundation complements and supports the Murray Darling Association’s membership of more than 90 Local Government councils and wider membership and provides leadership and project opportunities. The Foundation’s vision is to build a significant fund to undertake projects to assist with rehabilitation and sustainable approaches to land and water resources across the Murray-Darling Basin. These include research, education, sustainable development, joint ventures and works projects.
The Foundation is approved under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to receive tax deductible donations. All gifts over $2.00 to the Foundation are tax-deductible, are receipted and acknowledged. The Foundation invites and will host tax effective corporate or personal financial support to new Projects and activities enriching the Darling and its communities.
The Foundation can be contacted on 02 6021 3655.
LOWER MURRAY DARLING CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY
The Lower Murray Darling Catchment Management Authority (CMA) delivers funding from the NSW and Australian Governments (and other sources) to help land managers improve and restore the natural resources of the catchment. The CMA is a statutory organisation established by the NSW Government in 2004. It is overseen by a community–based Board.
The CMA’s Catchment Action Plan (CAP) uses a targeted approach to managing natural resource management issues – regional outcomes, riverine health, salinity, vegetation and soils. The use of targets allows specific actions to be funded and undertaken. Three key areas of operation include:
- engagement of the community in the development of the CAP;
- developing strategic partnerships in the development, funding and delivery of CAP projects; and
- delivery of property vegetation plans and other services in relation to native vegetation.
The CMA’s vision is working together for a healthy and productive catchment.
The CMA is based at Buronga and can be contacted on 03 5021 9460 or visit at www.lmd.cma.nsw.gov.au/
WESTERN CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY
The Western Catchment Management Authority (CMA) covers 230,000 square kilometres, including the Barwon-Darling, Culgoa, Paroo, Narran, Bokhara and Birrie River catchments. This area takes in significant portions of the Bourke, Brewarrina, Central Darling, Cobar and Walgett shires as well as the Unincorporated Area.
The Western Catchment is predominantly leasehold land, administered under the Western Lands Act 1901 and includes more than 630 pastoral and agricultural holdings. Major land uses in this semi-arid zone are grazing, dryland cropping, irrigated cotton production, mining, tourism and natural conservation
With the assistance of the Western CMA, catchment people are working hard to improve the health of the Barwon-Darling River, the life-blood of the Western Catchment. The CMA has four management targets relating to improving rivers and groundwater:
- Habitat improvement actions implemented on 20% of identified priority areas of stream, floodplain, wetland and riparian areas by 2016.
- Water quality and salinity levels meeting ANZECC drinking water and recreational use criteria for greater than 95% of the time at key town use sites by 2016.
- Flow-sharing arrangements including water sharing plans implemented by the Department of Water and Energy for all priority streams by 2010, with advice from the Western CMA on water management issues which affect the catchment community.
- Water pressure stabilised in key regions of the Great Artesian Basin (as defined by NSW Great Artesian Basin Advisory Committee) by 2016.
Through a series of major projects, incentive funding, education and research programs, the Western CMA is working with individuals and communities throughout the catchment to reach these targets.
The CMA is based at Dubbo and can be contacted on 02 6883 3000 or visit at www.western.cma.nsw.gov.au
COUNTRY ENERGY – COUNTRY WATER
Country Energy is one of Australia’s largest energy providers. It has around 4,500 employees in 146 customer and field service centres across New South Wales, as well as eight regional offices and four business centres.
Country Water at Broken Hill (Country Energy trading as Country Water) provides water and sewerage services to homes and businesses in Broken Hill, Menindee, Sunset Strip and Silverton in far western NSW.
Country Water can be contacted at 160-162 Beryl Street, Broken Hill, NSW 2880. The phone number is 08 8082 5421 or visitwww.countryenergy.com.au/.
The Bendigo bank delivers retail banking products and services to more than 1.4 million retail customers via a national network of 400 plus branches and agencies. The bank’s focus on customers and communities dates back more than 150 years and has seen the bank become a real force in branch banking and a popular alternative to larger banks.
Bendigo Bank is represented in all states and territories with almost 900 outlets, including more than 160 company-owned branches, 220 locally-owned Community Bank branches, 100 agencies and 400 Elders Limited outlets (a joint venture farm bank).
The Bendigo Bank story is made up of hundreds of different stories from the communities in which we operate. Each story is different and each community has different needs. As a retail banker to their families and businesses, the Bendigo helps to make each community tick. Importantly, the bank also engages with communities to find out if there are other ways it can contribute to their prosperity.
Learn more about the Bendigo Bank at www.bendigobank.com.au/
BROKEN HILL COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION
The Broken Hill Community Credit Union has been delivering financial services in Broken Hill for over 30 years. The organisation is owned by its members and has a range of financial products and services that the friendly and professional staff can assist with. They include personal and business banking, insurance, credit cards, house, car and other loans.
Visit the Broken Hill Community Credit Union at 2 Chloride Street, Broken Hill, call the friendly staff on (08) 8088 2199, or learn more at www.bhccu.com.au.