Murray-Darling Basin Authority to open Murray Bridge office | VIDEO

If you want a job done right, get a local to do it.

That is the philosophy behind an Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) plan to employ between 12 and 21 people at a new office in Murray Bridge.

The jobs will be filled by a mix of locals and staff relocating from Canberra, and may include both executive and front-line roles, such as compliance officers.

The authority presently has just two staff in Murray Bridge, based in the local NRM board's office, plus another nine in Adelaide.

Federal Agriculture and Water Resources Minister David Littleproud announced the plan at Sturt Reserve on Wednesday morning.

He said MDBA staff who lived and worked closer to the river would gain a better sense for the importance of their work if they heard about it every time they went to the shops, a footy match or the pub.

"To deliver the plan we need the water managers to live on the water itself, on the river," he said.

State minister David Speirs said South Australians had a deep understanding of how water shoud be managed.

"This is about the Murray-Darling Basin Authority getting down onto the grassroots, working alongside the communities which rely on the river to survive and thrive," he said.

"The staff who are based in this community will be a part of the community, they'll learn about the community, they'll know the things that are important to people who live in Murray Bridge and the surrounding region, and they will be able to make decisions which better reflect the needs of these communities.

"This will make the authority more proactive, more responsive to the needs of basin communities and ... particularly the needs of South Australia."

Having more staff live and work locally would also aid Murray Bridge's economy, Member for Barker Tony Pasin said.

Regional engagement officer Monique White, who works in Murray Bridge already, said she would encourage her MDBA colleagues in Canberra to think about life outside of work as they considered whether to move here.

"I did it for my family," she said.

"Everybody has to think about what's important to them, and being here in the region is good for my family."

The MDBA will also establish new offices in Mildura and several other regional centres as it aims to shift a third of its workforce into regional Australia.

Murray Bridge was considered but rejected as a possible office location during a previous push towards decentralisation.

MDBA chief executive Phillip Glyde, Murray Bridge-based MDBA staffer Monique White, state minister David Speirs and federal minister David Littleproud announce the news at Sturt Reserve. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

MDBA chief executive Phillip Glyde, Murray Bridge-based MDBA staffer Monique White, state minister David Speirs and federal minister David Littleproud announce the news at Sturt Reserve. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

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