The Process

The Murraylands and Riverland Plan (MR Plan) is about supporting our region to develop enduring regional resilience. 

The planning process will follow a strong evidence-base to further the economic, social and environmental interests of the Murraylands, Mallee and Riverland towards achieving this vision.

Developed in partnership with the Murraylands and Riverland Local Government Association (MRLGA), the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board (MRLB) and Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland (RDAMR), the planning process is guided by a local and expert Steering Committee, that recognised the need to identify a diverse regional network, formal and informal, that span our Murraylands, Mallee and Riverland region, including people across industry, social services, the unemployed, the self-employed, families, friends, churches, sporting and service clubs, live-in, work-in, artistic groups, committee representatives and more.

The Interviews

Our purpose is to run an innovative planning process that brings together community, industry and government to develop a regional vision and enduring voice.

With the assistance of community engagement experts, democracyco, we interviewed a diverse range of 28 community members from across the region.

We listened, not telling them of existing or developing plans; just listened, questioned and learned.

The interviewees are at the core of the Community Conversation Guide and Host Guide – Download your copy HERE and take a look.

The Community

We are now sharing the voice of these interviewees and asking you, the broader community, to have conversations, based on questions shaped from the interview responses.

Community members were invited to participate in a series of initial community conversations held in November 2021 in Berri, Murray Bridge and Lameroo, and provided feedback on the process so it is ready for YOU!

The Conversations

More than 200 individuals participated in the initial community conversations, providing feedback on the process and their thoughts about developing a plan for enduring regional resilience.

To continue this process, we need you and your networks!

YOU are the all-important access into the communities that are ‘US’, the Murraylands, Mallee and Riverland region.

We need YOU to host your own community conversations … and perhaps motivate others to host their conversations – anyone can do it!

Click HERE for your Host Kit!

This process will be open to people who live and/or work in the region.

Once you enter this process, we are hoping that you won’t want to leave it … we hope that you will want to shape it well beyond the drafting of a Plan and support it into the future.

The Regional Plan

With a Regional Summit held in February 2022,  we were able to share what we have heard from the community so far.

As the final community conversation responses are being submitted, with further community input, we will start to develop ‘more than a plan’.

From the Summit, we will invite YOU to participate in interest panels to develop a vision and an enduring voice for our region and our communities.

These interest panels, Together Community, Productive and Collaborative Futures, Prepared and Proactive and Leadership in Action will allow the project team to shape a natural process that flows from the planning stage to support the implementation of the initial phase of the MR Plan.

The Funding

The Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program was announced on 19 May 2021.
It is a foundational program under the Australian Government’s forward-thinking Future Drought Fund.

This first phase of the Program is rolling out across South Australia through to June 2022.

The Murraylands and Riverland Plan is one of the first three for the State, and our region’s opportunity to access further funding under the Future Drought Fund and other Australian Government programs.

For more information visit:

  • the Australian Government Future Drought Fund webpage
  • Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program media release here
  • South Australian Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program initiatives webpage and media release here

Find out more

If you are interested in finding out more about the MR Plan or want to know how you can be further involved contact Project Lead, Analise Gates.

Ph: 0408 898 320 | 8535 7170