Former Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston has been appointed chairman of the Murray Darling Basin Authority and already been extended an invitation to visit southern NSW and northern Victoria.
Air Chief Marshal Houston has been appointed to a four-year term and replaces acting chairman Professor Stuart Bunn.
The appointment was announced at the weekend and community-based group, Speak Up wants him to pay a visit to Murray River communities once COVID-19 restrictions lift.
"Several years ago the MDBA came to Deniliquin and promised ongoing dialogue and communication," Speak Up chairwoman Shelley Scoullar said.
"However, as soon as we questioned some of their actions this quickly stopped.
"Sir Angus has an opportunity to re-set the relationship with our communities and help us work on solutions that can improve this failing Basin Plan."