The Canberra-based Murray-Darling Basin Authority should move its offices to Shepparton, Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum believes.
A Senate inquiry is looking into the location of Federal Government agencies and only a week is left to hear submissions.
Mr Drum said Shepparton and the whole Goulburn Murray region were totally reliant on the successful implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
‘‘Relocating the MDBA to Shepparton will provide the authority with the outstanding opportunity to be totally connected with all stakeholders,’’ Mr Drum told Parliament recently.
‘‘This could only enhance better outcomes for the environment, economy and in particular agricultural production. Relocating the authority has the full support of the local community.’’
City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Dinny Adem backed the move.
‘‘Decentralisation would not just sustain Greater Shepparton. More importantly, it will grow Greater Shepparton,’’ Cr Adem said.
Committee for Greater Shepparton chief executive Sam Birrell is also supportive.
‘‘The board of the C4GS is totally behind the relocation of the MDBA to Shepparton,’’ Mr Birrell said. ‘‘We have the professionals, businesses and expertise that can support the successful implementation of the plan.’’
Mr Drum encouraged local governments, businesses and community associations in the Murray electorate to contact his office if they were interested in making a submission to the inquiry.
The closing date for submissions is March 10. The report is due to be tabled on May 9.