We are running community forums in regional and urban centres, to provide a chance for people to ask questions, raise concerns and discuss how they might be involved. During the 2017 community forums, we visited most of the areas where carp are a problem. Now, in early 2018, we're heading to the remainder. We're also pulling together a video of one of the National Coordinator's presentations, for those who haven't been able to make it to a forum.
These events will provide an opportunity for us to explain the NCCP process, what we know and what we need to know more about. It will be a great opportunity for people to have input into the development of our final recommendation. We sincerely welcome any contributions, particularly from community groups and individuals who would like to contribute to solving the issue of carp. At present, all viable control measures are on the table.
Stakeholder consultation | ongoing
We have established this website as a hub for our communications and commenced consultation with stakeholders. Over the past months we have attended 72 meetings, consulting with an average of three different stakeholder groups per week. And, it's just the start.
Here's some of the work we've already done.
- We have established all-jurisdictional committees to discuss science and policy considerations.
- We have contributed to workshops of relevant government agencies in South Australia, Victoria and the ACT, more proposed over coming weeks.
- We have presented to commercial fishers in South Australia and New South Wales to update them on plans and progress, and respond to their questions and concerns.
- We have presented to recreational fishing groups in Queensland, Victoria, ACT, New South Wales and Australia’s national peak rec. fishing body.
- We have given conference presentations in Mildura, Albury, Brisbane, Dubbo, Forbes, Kahuna and Shepparton.
- We have presented to the Board and members of the Northern Basin Aboriginal Nations who represent 22 Sovereign First Nations in the Northern Murray-Darling Basin.
- We have presented to the Board of the Murray Lower Darling River Indigenous Nations who represent 24 indigenous nations from the southern Murray-Darling Basin.
- We have sat down with Barapa Barapa people in the Gunbower region, Wamba Wemba people in Mallee country, and New South Wales Aboriginal Fishing Advisory Council in Dubbo.
- We have visited communities from Mildura in Victoria to Waikerie in South Australia, following the river and the explosion in carp numbers that occurred following flooding in the lower basin last summer and recording the stories of people we spoke with on the way.
- We have met with and presented to the Australian Koi Association, plus the WA state organisation for koi owners.
- We have also had riverside meetings with farmers, fishers, commercial fishers, irrigators, aboriginal people, NRM practitioners, among others.
- We have presented to Natural Resource Management Bodies in South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, and field teams undertaking on-ground activities.
- We have presented to fisheries compliance officers in New South Wales.
- We have presented to councils in Regions one, three and nine of the Murray Darling Association’s (MDA) regional meetings.
- We have been to South Australia to present at community field days at Murray Bridge and Waikerie.
Carp coordinator Matt Barwick presents to a state team. Image: Pamela Milnes