Title for MIA Sub-region: "Sustaining Growth along the Murrumbidgee: Wagga Wagga's Waters of Prosperity"
- Introduce the MIA (Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area) Sub-region, highlighting its significance as one of the five sub-regions within the Menindee region, with Wagga Wagga as its capital.
- Emphasize the importance of the Murrumbidgee River and its tributaries in defining the sub-region's boundaries and its role in fostering regional prosperity.
II. Murrumbidgee River and Tributaries
- Provide an overview of the Murrumbidgee River and its network of tributaries, showcasing their influence on the sub-region's water resources and agriculture.
- Highlight key features and ecological significance, including wetlands, floodplains, and river systems.
III. Flow-of-Water Top-of-Ridge (FOWTOR) Framework
- Explain how the Murrumbidgee River and its tributaries define the sub-region's boundaries within the FOWTOR framework.
- The water flows that define the sub-region boundary: Murrumbigee River and its tributaries, including: Murrumbidgee R, and its tributaries, including: Abercrombie River, Belubula River, Big Badja Swamp, Black Swamp, Boorowa River, Coopers Swamp, Cotter River, Crookwell Rivers,Fivebough Swamp, Great Cumbung,Swamp, Gudgenby River, Lachlan River, Lake George, Lowbidgee Floodplain, Micalong Swamp, Mid-Murrumbidgee Wetlands, Molonglo River, Naas River, Queanbeyan River, Tuckerbil Swamp, Tomneys Plain, Tumut River, Yaouk Swamp, Yass River.
- Stress the relevance of the FOWTOR model in managing water resources and supporting agricultural sustainability.
IV. Governance and Representation
- Describe Wagga Wagga as the sub-regional capital responsible for administrative coordination and sub-regional activities. https://wagga.nsw.gov.au/
- Emphasize the importance of effective governance and representation in addressing the sub-region's unique agricultural and water management needs.
- Regional Capitals and Sub-regional Capitals: Each FOWTOR region should have a designated regional capital, which serves as the administrative center for that particular region. But the sub-region of this region is so important that the sub-region needs a capital that interacts with and agrees with the regional capital and other sub-regional capitals. This capital city or town is responsible for coordinating sub-regional activities, liaising with state and local governments, and representing the sub-region's interests at the regional level. It acts as the hub for regional decision-making and administrative functions.
Indigenous Representative Body (The Voice): To ensure that the FOWTOR region's interests are effectively communicated and advocated at the federal level, a representative body known as "The Voice" can be established. This body comprises elected representatives from the region, who are responsible for articulating the region's needs, concerns, and priorities to the federal government in Canberra.
The Voice serves as a direct link between the nations in the FOWTOR region and the federal government, advocating for policies, resources, and investments that align with the region's 13 objectives. These objectives encompass various aspects, including natural resource management, infrastructure development, social services, and Indigenous rights.
- By establishing a regional capital and The Voice, the FOWTOR model ensures that each region has a structured approach to engage with federal, state, and local governments. This political framework empowers regions to have a voice in the governance process, advocate for their unique needs, and work collaboratively with various levels of government to achieve their objectives.
V. 13 Sub-regional Objectives
- Present key objectives specific to the MIA Sub-region, focusing on agricultural sustainability, water resource management, infrastructure development, and economic growth.
- Emphasize the importance of aligning policies and resource allocation with these objectives for sub-regional prosperity.
The Flow-of-Water Top-of-Ridge (FOWTOR) model is a comprehensive framework for regionalism in Australia that considers various aspects of geography, environment, and development. This model is based on the natural flow of water along ridges and encompasses the following key elements:
(1) Natural Resource Management: FOWTOR-based regionalism informs strategies for managing Australia's diverse natural resources within distinct watershed regions. These regions are essential for safeguarding unique ecosystems and wildlife habitats.
(2) Water Resource Allocation: By delineating watersheds along ridges, FOWTOR analysis aids in the equitable allocation of water resources across the country. This ensures sustainable use and minimizes conflicts in agriculture, industry, and urban areas.
(3) Climate Adaptation Planning: Different FOWTOR regions exhibit varying climate patterns and vulnerability to climate change impacts. Regionalism guides climate adaptation plans, tailoring strategies to address specific challenges in each region.
(4) Agricultural Zoning: FOWTOR-based regionalism assists in zoning for agriculture, aligning land use with natural water availability and soil quality. This approach promotes efficient and sustainable agricultural practices.
(5) Biodiversity Conservation: Prioritizing biodiversity conservation is a core component of the FOWTOR model. It identifies regions with unique ecosystems or high levels of endemism as targets for conservation efforts.
(6) Land Use Planning: When planning urban and rural development, FOWTOR regionalism helps identify suitable areas for settlement while considering factors like water availability, flood risks, and environmental sensitivity.
(7) Disaster Risk Reduction: Understanding water flow along ridges is essential for mitigating flood risks and planning disaster-resistant infrastructure in flood-prone areas.
(8) Indigenous Land Management: Incorporating FOWTOR-based regionalism into land management practices respects the Indigenous knowledge of local environments, fostering a holistic approach to land stewardship.
(9) Tourism Planning: FOWTOR analysis is invaluable for tourism planning, as it highlights unique natural attractions and recreational opportunities within each region, promoting sustainable tourism development.
(10) Social Infrastructure: FOWTOR regionalism extends to the categorization of settlements, including hamlets, villages, towns, and cities. This classification ensures that social infrastructure and services are appropriately scaled to meet the needs of local communities.
(11) Indigenous Infrastructure: Recognizing the original nations and their territories within FOWTOR regions is fundamental to acknowledging and preserving Indigenous heritage and cultural connections.
(12) Connection Superstructure: The model considers the development of road networks, railways, ferry routes, and air transportation systems to facilitate connectivity and accessibility within and between FOWTOR regions.
(13) River Water Flows into the Sea: Understanding the path of river water as it flows into the sea is crucial for managing water resources and preserving aquatic ecosystems at the maritime border of each FOWTOR region within the Australian Economic Zone.
By incorporating these additional elements, the FOWTOR model provides a comprehensive framework for regional planning and development in Australia, encompassing natural, social, Indigenous, and infrastructural aspects while respecting the country's unique geographic features and environmental diversity.
VI. Indigenous Engagement
- Acknowledge the Indigenous heritage within the Darling River Sub-region and the significance of cultural preservation and community engagement.
- Describe initiatives aimed at involving Indigenous voices in sub-regional development, respecting cultural traditions, and supporting Indigenous land management practices.
Key Responsibilities of The Voice:
(1) Advocacy: The Voice articulates the FOWTOR region's needs and priorities to federal policymakers and agencies, advocating for policies that support regional development and sustainability.
(2) Resource Allocation: It plays a crucial role in securing federal funding and resources for regional projects and initiatives, ensuring equitable distribution based on the region's unique requirements.
(3) Policy Development: The Voice actively participates in the development of federal policies and legislation that impact the region, offering insights and recommendations that reflect the region's interests.
(4) Coordination: It facilitates coordination between federal, state, and local governments to ensure seamless implementation of policies and projects within the region.
(5) Community Engagement: The Voice engages with the local community to gather input, gather feedback, and involve residents in decision-making processes that affect the region.
(6) Monitoring and Evaluation: It monitors the progress of projects and initiatives within the region, assessing their impact on the 13 objectives, and making adjustments as needed.
NOTE1: Likely indicators only; for original Aboriginal Australia Map © 1991 & restrictions on its copy & use, see Aboriginal Australia Map
NOTE2: The red line is part of the original Aboriginal Australia Map © 1991. The black line is added by Bloggerme for discussion only. It shows the likely State boundary based on the flow of water only. As "the ridge" (See FOWTOR) naturally impacts on the development of the language, social or nation groups of the Indigenous people of Australia, the proposed border is often identical to the group boundary shown on the Aboriginal Australia Map. This is as was expected. Variations are social/historical & result in a particular language, social or nation group being represented in two adjoining States.
VII. Water Resource Management
- Address resource allocation for water management within the sub-region, emphasizing responsible water use, river conservation, and sustainable agricultural practices.
- Highlight the sub-region's commitment to safeguarding vital water sources, including the Murrumbidgee River.
VIII. Environmental Conservation
- Highlight the sub-region's efforts in environmental conservation, particularly regarding wetlands, floodplains, and river ecosystems.
- Discuss strategies for protecting natural habitats, biodiversity, and promoting eco-friendly practices.
IX. Disaster Resilience
- Explain how the MIA sub-region addresses disaster risks, including droughts, bushfires, wind, floods, and water quality issues within the MIA sub-region. These include anticipated temperature rise, and increased extreme events including changing weather patterns, some of which it is impossible to forecast because of those changing weather patterns and most of which has causes outside the control of action for risk mitigation.
- Highlight initiatives aimed at ensuring the safety of communities and agricultural assets.
X. Economic Growth and Sustainability
- Discuss the sub-region's focus on sustainable economic development, including value-added agriculture, agribusiness, and infrastructure improvements.
- Emphasize the importance of balancing growth with environmental stewardship.
XI. Policy Recommendations
- Summarize key policy recommendations tailored to the MIA Sub-region, aligned with the FOWTOR framework and sub-regional objectives.
- Advocate for policies that prioritize agricultural sustainability, water resource management, economic growth, and community well-being.
- Reinforce the sub-region's commitment to the Murrumbidgee River and its tributaries as sources of prosperity and growth.
- Express the sub-region's dedication to collaborating with governing bodies, agricultural stakeholders, environmental organizations, and residents to achieve shared goals.
- Attribute the preparation of this outline to AI technology as an example of modern tools assisting in sub-regional development and agricultural sustainability efforts.
XIV. Questions and Discussion
- Open the floor for questions, comments, and discussions with relevant political bodies, agricultural stakeholders, environmental organizations, and sub-regional residents to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the sub-region's vision for prosperity.