The Lake Eyre Basin Community Advisory Committee essentially fills a communications role. The work plan for the CAC is therefore primarily a communications strategy, based around three strategic communication goals:
- Community Feedback - Maximise the feedback we receive from the all sectors of the basin community on matters relevant to the Agreement, to ensure that our discussions and advice to the Ministerial Forum reflect the wide spectrum of community opinion.
- Relationships - Maximise good faith between the CAC and the various government jurisdictions, by maintaining well functioning relationships both with the Ministerial Forum and with associated Australian Government and State Government Agencies that have responsibility for land and water management in the basin. This will enable us to contribute in a constructive and positive way to implementation of the Agreement in all jurisdictions.
- Remaining informed - Maintain our awareness of relevant technical information on Lake Eyre Basin issues, and where possible provide our advice and feedback in the context of that information. While the role of the CAC is not to provide technical or scientific advice to the Ministerial Forum, we nevertheless have an obligation to remain familiar with the range of scientific and technical work being undertaken on basin issues, allowing us to frame our advice to the Ministerial Forum in the context of current knowledge, and to pass on feedback from the community both on gaps in existing knowledge and research, and on the usefulness and relevance of research currently being done.
The CAC work plan contains our principles and activities for achieving these strategic goals.