Data

General Issues
Environment
Specific Topics
Natural Resource Management
Environmental Conservation
Tourism
Location
South Australia
Australia
Scope of Influence
Regional
Files
SAMDB Natural Resource Management Plan Dec 2017
Links
Summary by DemocracyCo
YourSAy portal
Videos
Overview of the NRM needs of the Murray Darling
The SAMDB NRM Board Deliberative Panel 2015
Ongoing
No
Time Limited or Repeated?
A single, defined period of time
Purpose/Goal
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of private organizations
Approach
Consultation
Spectrum of Public Participation
Consult
Total Number of Participants
53
Open to All or Limited to Some?
mixed
Recruitment Method for Limited Subset of Population
stratified
Targeted Demographics
Stakeholder Organizations
General Types of Methods
Deliberative and dialogic process
General Types of Tools/Techniques
Facilitate dialogue, discussion, and/or deliberation
Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
Deliberation
Survey
Online Consultations
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Yes
Facilitator Training
Professional Facilitators
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Both
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Type of Organizer/Manager
Government-Owned Corporation
For-Profit Business
Funder
South Australia Murray Darling Basin Natural Resource Management Board
Type of Funder
Government-Owned Corporation
Staff
Yes
Volunteers
No
Evidence of Impact
Yes
Types of Change
Changes in public policy
Implementers of Change
Appointed Public Servants
Formal Evaluation
No

CASE

Natural Resources Management Deliberative Panel in the Murray Darling

General Issues
Environment
Specific Topics
Natural Resource Management
Environmental Conservation
Tourism
Location
South Australia
Australia
Scope of Influence
Regional
Files
SAMDB Natural Resource Management Plan Dec 2017
Links
Summary by DemocracyCo
YourSAy portal
Videos
Overview of the NRM needs of the Murray Darling
The SAMDB NRM Board Deliberative Panel 2015
Ongoing
No
Time Limited or Repeated?
A single, defined period of time
Purpose/Goal
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of private organizations
Approach
Consultation
Spectrum of Public Participation
Consult
Total Number of Participants
53
Open to All or Limited to Some?
mixed
Recruitment Method for Limited Subset of Population
stratified
Targeted Demographics
Stakeholder Organizations
General Types of Methods
Deliberative and dialogic process
General Types of Tools/Techniques
Facilitate dialogue, discussion, and/or deliberation
Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
Deliberation
Survey
Online Consultations
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Yes
Facilitator Training
Professional Facilitators
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Both
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Type of Organizer/Manager
Government-Owned Corporation
For-Profit Business
Funder
South Australia Murray Darling Basin Natural Resource Management Board
Type of Funder
Government-Owned Corporation
Staff
Yes
Volunteers
No
Evidence of Impact
Yes
Types of Change
Changes in public policy
Implementers of Change
Appointed Public Servants
Formal Evaluation
No

When faced with the dilemma of how to manage the region's natural resources, the Murray Darling NRM board chose to undertake a deliberative panel to understand local citizens' views on the key issues including possible rate increases, farming, tourism and protecting the environment.

Problems and Purpose

The Murray Darling region is important for South Australia and surrounding states for its agriculture, tourism and unique environmental properties. In 2015 the South Australia Murray Darling Basin Natural Resource Management Board (SAMDB NRM Board) was faced with the need to increase levies in the region in order to pay for required environmental projects.

A deliberative panel process was deployed in order to understand the community's attitudes towards potential rate increases [1]. The board also used surveys and consulted with stakeholders to garner feedback from a broader public [2].

Background History and Context

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Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities

The deliberative panel was convened by the SAMDB NRM Board and designed under the guidance of Emily Jenke, who was a member of the Board and the co-founder of deliberative practitioner democracyCo, who also conducted the participant recruitment. The panel was facilitated by Max Hardy and Danielle Annells [3].

Participant Recruitment and Selection

Participants were recruited from across the region with 10,000 invitations initially sent out [4]. In total 53 people participated and participants were selected to reflect the region's demographics [5].

Methods and Tools Used

Surveys

Deliberation

Online Consultations

What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation

The panel met three times over two weekends and heard from a variety of experts. In addition to the panel, the Board sought feedback directly from stakeholders and from the broader public through a survey and through discussion on the government's YourSAy online portal [6].

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

The final decision of the Board was to go ahead with increasing rates for NRM projects. In their new plan, the Board reports that the panel and community feedback had a significant impact on this decision:

"This input provided the Board with a deeper insight into the values of the SAMDB community. The Community Deliberative Panel members provided specific advice to the Board on the importance of natural resource assets to them and the value they assign to projects and services funded by the Board from the levy, State and Australian Governments. The input from this randomly selected cross section of the SAMDB community provided very strong guidance to the Board in considering the program and funding option and ultimately the investment program decision outlined in this Business Plan." [7]

Analysis and Lessons Learned

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See Also

References

[1] democracyCo (2019) South Australia Murray Darling Basin NRM Board Deliberative Panel. Available at: https://www.democracyco.com.au/our-projects/south-australia-murray-darling-nrm-board-deliberative-panel/

[2] South Australia Murray Darling Basin NRM Board (2017). South Australia Murray Darling Basin Natural Resource Management Plan. Available at: https://www.mdba.gov.au/sites/default/files/pubs/sa-mdb-natural-resource-management-plan-dec-17.pdf

[3] democracyCo (2019) South Australia Murray Darling Basin NRM Board Deliberative Panel. Available at: https://www.democracyco.com.au/our-projects/south-australia-murray-darling-nrm-board-deliberative-panel/, p5.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Natural Resources SA Murray Darling Basin (2016). The SAMDB NRM Board Deliberative Panel 2015. YouTube. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8q1kuR1RFM

[6] South Australia Murray Darling Basin NRM Board (2017). South Australia Murray Darling Basin Natural Resource Management Plan. Available at: https://www.mdba.gov.au/sites/default/files/pubs/sa-mdb-natural-resource-management-plan-dec-17.pdf, p5.

[7] Ibid, p5.

External Links

YourSAy portal

democracyCo

Notes