Deliberative Panel: Managing Water and the Environment
In November 2015 the SA Murray Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board was challenged with a significant dilemma - how to deliver environmental and water projects, and what was a fair price to pay?
This dilemma forced the Board to make a change to the levies – which all South Australians pay towards the management of natural resources. Not wanting to increase costs to the community, the Board (under Emily’s expert advice as a Board member) designed a deliberative panel process to garner attitudes towards potential increases.
What ensued was a highly sophisticated region wide conversation led by Max Hardy and Danielle Annells – sharing the dilemma of reducing programs, keeping the work going or significantly ramping up effort. democracyCo also conducted the recruitment of the panel of about 60 people. Over 10,000 people were invited to attend across a region with a population of 125,000 people using multiple datasets.
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democracyCo’s work is undertaken on the lands of Australia’s First Nations People.
For millennia, you as the ancestors have been guardians of this Country and we deeply respect and acknowledge Elders past, present and emerging.
As we collaborate together, democracyCo will look to Australia’s First Nations people, the world’s oldest living culture, for guidance that will help sustain our connection to Country and inform the work that we do to bring people together.
Our work is in service to Reconciliation and to moving forward together.
We acknowledge that we have much work to do.