Have your say- now concluded
The NCCP committed to hearing from the community to help improve the plan and identify impacts. All feedback from the community has been reported back to the Australian Government as an attachment to the NCCP.
The NCCP sought feedback on its “issues papers’ developed on topics of interest to the community.
Current consultation activities
Through 2018 and early 2019 the NCCP has been talking to specific stakeholder or community groups including:
- Recreational fishers
- Koi breeders
- Tourism operators
- Commercial fishers
- Natural Resource Management groups
The NCCP has also undertaken case study workshops with stakeholders from three regions including:
- The Lachlan catchment in NSW
- Waikerie (Lower Murray)
- Mildura (Middle Murray)
Community forums through 2017
In 2017 we delivered a series of information sessions throughout the enormous geographic extent that carp infest. In each of these events staff working on the NCCP provided information to participants on the need to control carp, effective methods for doing so and what the NCCP is. It also provided an opportunity for staff working within the NCCP to hear about communities experiences from carp impacts.
Here's a video of the National Coordinator, presenting at a community forum in Goolwa, South Australia, in December 2017.
Previous consultation activities
Former NCCP coordinator Matt Barwick presents to a state team. Image: Pamela Milnes
Here's some of the consultation undertaken previously.
- 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.
- We have facilitated three stakeholder workshops/meetings in the Lachlan catchment
- We have run a case study workshop at Waikerie in SA including field trip
- Presented to recreational fishing groups in Victoria
- Meet with the Koi sector to discuss impacts
- Met with the commercial fishing sector to discuss impacts
The NCCP will be delivered to the Australian Government in December 2019. The Australian Government will then decide on the next steps including consultation. If a decision is made to proceed further additional public consultation will be undertaken.