Mayor, Wentworth Shire Council
Wentworth Shire Council Mayor Susan Nichols is a rare breed.
Born and bred in the Sunraysia region of Victoria, Mayor Nichols has had the honour of serving as Mayor and Deputy Mayor on two neighbouring councils in two states.
She has served on the Mildura Rural City Council in Victoria and is now across the Murray River at Wentworth Shire Council.
Having commenced as a Councillor in 1992, Mayor Nichols has a devout passion for the community she serves and its people.
Among her biggest concerns for the region is our water security, particularly in the harsh times of drought.
National President, Murray Darling Association
David has been national president MDA since 2014 and is a councillor with Albury City Council.
He is also an accomplished scientist, astronomer, and futurist. David’s expertise in the treatment of waste water has taken him to Malaysia, Brazil, England, France, Sweden and Greece.
Federal Member for Farrer, Minister for the Environment
Before entering Federal Parliament Sussan Ley’s story is one which is wonderfully varied.
Born in Nigeria to British parents, Sussan spent her early childhood in the United Arab Emirates, before migrating to Australia at the age of 13 with her parents and older brother.
Schooled in the U.K., QLD and ACT, later tertiary study led to a Bachelor of Economics, Master of Taxation Law and a Master of Accounting. Developing an early fascination with the skies and flying, a young Sussan worked a variety of odd jobs and hours to finance this passion, obtaining a commercial pilot’s license which she still holds.
This interest also led to work as an air traffic controller with Sydney and Melbourne Airports, aerial stock-mustering in outback New South Wales and Queensland before life on-the-land as a shed hand / shearers’ cook through a large chunk of rural Australia.
During a livestock and dairy farming partnership (near Tallangatta in North East Victoria) of seventeen years, Sussan experienced the highs and lows that routinely test the resolve of farming families.
Starting university when her first child turned one led to ten years of part time study, on the way to three children and three finance degrees.
Still helping to manage the farm she took up a position with the Australian Taxation Office at Albury, graduating to the role of Director, Technical Training before seeking Liberal Party pre-selection for the Federal seat of Farrer in 2001.
Returned as the Member for Farrer at six subsequent elections, Sussan regards it as an honour to represent the people living in this substantial part of south west NSW, making time to routinely travel the electorate, hearing the views and concerns of her constituents.
Now in her 20th year of Federal Politics, Sussan has been appointed to a number of ministerial and parliamentary positions, most recently as Minister for the Environment in May 2019.
Commissioner, Productivity Commission
Dr Jane Doolan was appointed a part time Commissioner with the Productivity Commission in December 2016.
Jane has extensive senior leadership experience working in sustainable water resource and environmental management, providing policy advice to both State and Commonwealth governments on issues such as water allocation, river health and catchment management and water sector governance.
Jane has also worked in State government on environmental programs and policies, participating in intergovernmental policy development and negotiations; plus the oversight of environmental water projects. Jane has strong relationships with the academic sector, with a particular focus on integrating state-of-the-art environmental science with water policy and management.
Previously held positions include Commissioner with the National Water Commission, Professorial Fellow in Natural Resource Governance at the University of Canberra and Deputy Secretary for Water in the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries.
Jane is currently a Director on the Board of the Western Water Authority, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra.
Jane has a doctorate in zoology, and a degree in science (honours) from the University of Melbourne.
Jane is currently working on the second inquiry into National Water Reform (2020).
General Manager, Water Sector Program, Bureau of Meteorology
Matthew Coulton is General Manager of the Water Sector Program at the Bureau of Meteorology. His job is the increase the value and impact the Bureau provides to Australia's water sector, which includes water planners, water managers, water dependent businesses and water dependent communities. He has a background in water policy and water science, and qualifications from the Australian National University and the University of Oxford.
Matthew now lives in Sydney but originates from a small community in northern NSW, in the Gwydir River catchment.
Comissioner of Resilience, NSW
Shane Fitzsimmons was appointed as the inaugural Commissioner for Resilience NSW and Deputy Secretary, Emergency Management with the Department of Premier and Cabinet from 1 May 2020. He is currently the chair of the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC), the State Recovery Committee (SRC), Board of Commissioners (BOC) and the National Emergency Medal Committee (NEMC).
This appointment followed a distinguished career with the NSW Rural Fire Service of over 35 years, serving as both a volunteer and salaried member. In 1998 he was appointed an Assistant Commissioner with the RFS and has held portfolio responsibilities for Operations, Strategic Development and Regional Management. In 2004, he was appointed the inaugural Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) Visiting Fellow to the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) for a period of 12-months, developing and delivering programs in management and leadership.
During the period of September 2007 - April 2020 he was the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service and was also the Chair of the NSW RFS Bushfire Coordinating Committee and the Rural Fire Service Advisory Council. He was also a member of the NSW State Emergency Management Committee and the NSW State Rescue Board (SRB) and was Chair of SRB from 2008 to November 2015. In July 2012, he was appointed a Board Member of the NSW Government Telecommunications Authority.
He was appointed a Director of the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) in March 2008 and was the Chair of the NAFC Board from 2009 to 2013. He was a Director on the Bushfire Co-operative Research Centre from 2009 to 2014. He was a member of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council from 2007 and was a member of its Board from November 2016 to November 2019 and held the position of Deputy President upon retirement from the Board.
In January 2016 he was appointed as a Councillor of the Royal Humane Society of NSW Inc. Additionally, he is a patron of two charities – Kids Xpress and Coffee 4 Kids.
Commissioner Fitzsimmons has been awarded the Rural Fire Service Long-Service Medal for more than 30 years, the National Medal in recognition of more than 35 years, and the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM). He has also been acknowledged with a Paul Harris Fellow and a Paul Harris Fellow Sapphire through Rotary Clubs of Berowra and Sydney.
He has most recently been announced as the 2021 NSW Australian of the Year, and the Australian Father of the Year 2020 through The Shepherd Centre.
Chief Executive Officer, LG NSW
Scott Phillips brings more than 25 years of local and state government experience to his role as the Chief Executive of Local Government NSW.
Prior to joining Local Government NSW, Scott was the Chief Executive Officer of Sutherland Shire Council. His expertise spans many areas including managing urban growth, infrastructure and transport planning for local government areas and metropolitan growth centres.
Scott has held executive roles at several councils including as the General Manager in metropolitan and regional councils and the Planning Director at local and State government agencies. Scott has been a Director on a number of public and private sector boards including Statewide and Local Government Procurement as well as serving on numerous ministerial advisory committees and industry panels.
Scott has taken a leading role in transformational leadership and organisational reform, business improvement and culture change. His communication and service delivery skills give him a strong foundation which to build the future vision of the local government sector.
Chief Executive Officer, LGAQ
Greg Hallam is the CEO of the LGAQ. He has tertiary qualifications in commerce, economics and business administration through UQ and QUT. He then went on to complete his postgraduate studies through the Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW, Melbourne University and the George Washington University, Washington DC.
Mr Hallam has worked (as a student) in the Brisbane City Council, the Federal Treasury, National Office of Local Government, Esk Shire and Townsville City Councils as a senior executive holding the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Local Government Association of Queensland since 1992.
His past board memberships have included the Queensland Treasury Corporation, Infrastructure Queensland, National Packaging Covenant Council (Chair), Racing Queensland (Deputy Chair), Queensland Music Festival, Sporting Wheelies, Local Government Mutual Services, GoV Cloud, LG Sustainable Futures, LGE Operating Company Pty Ltd, Local Buy, Resolute Information Technology and the Queensland Olympic Council.
Greg is an avid volunteer serving as a Parish Finance Committee Chair, an elite level accredited Athletic Coach for 23 years, also with the Sporting Wheelies for 20 years, and he is also a primary producer and horse breeder for the past 35 years.
Greg was awarded the Member (AM) of the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2018 for his contribution to Local Government Sport & Disability, the Public Service Medal in 2000 and the Centenary Medal in 2001. He also received the Olympic Council’s Committees Merit Award in 2005 which was personally presented by the IOC President, Jacques Rogge in Brisbane as well as Roads Australia’s John Shaw Medal, the only Local Government employee to receive that honor in its 40-year history. Finally, he was awarded the National Emergency Medal in 2012 for his work in Queensland’s 2011 Natural Disasters.
President, Municipal Association of Victoria
David has served on the MAV board for six years, including four as Rural Deputy President. As a Murray Darling Basin farmer himself, David has a long involvement in environmental issues and the Basin, generally. He chaired the Loddon Dryland Salinity Management Plan in 1990s and more recently chaired the North Central CMA 2011-17.
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Local Government Association
Prior to taking up his present position in 2006, Adrian was a senior public servant dealing with local government and natural disasters in the Federal Department of Transport and Regional Services. Previously, he was an adviser on maritime and land transport issues. Adrian began his public service career in 1984 with the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Managing Director, Blackadder and Associates
Stephen formed his management consulting company in 2007 after a 36 year career working in local government with 7 diverse rural and city authorities, 20 as a general manager/CEO.
Gaining considerable knowledge of interstate, New Zealand, California and UK local government through scholarship and Council sponsored study tours, Stephen has an acute understanding of local and international trends.
Stephen was instrumental in guiding the formulation of community development strategies, in particular the economic development of cities and regions - at Rockdale and Warringah Councils in Sydney and in the Southern Sydney Region and Northern Beaches of Sydney.
Stephen served as National Registrar of the Local Government Chief Officers Group from 1998 to 2007 when he left local government to establish his management consulting business.
He was a Board member of the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, the Shore Regional Organisation of Councils, the Premsure Insurance Group and MetroPool Insurance Group.
In 2011 Stephen was privileged to be appointed by the then Minister for Local Government in NSW, the Hon Don Page MP, to the Local Government Acts Taskforce, and as a member of the 4 person Taskforce developed a comprehensive review of the 1993 Local Government Act.
He is a former Board Member of Concord Golf Club and as a management and leadership consultant since 2007 Stephen has been involved in over 1,000 assignments assisting NSW, Victorian, Queensland, Western Australian, Tasmanian and Northern Territory local governments. He has recruited over 120 CEO’s into Councils across Australia.
An accredited Hogan Personality Assessor Stephen has gained an expertise in evaluating the leadership potential of candidates for executive positions, as well as in conducting leadership development programmes for executive and middle management teams and coaching individuals using Hogan assessments and Hogan 360 degree evaluations.
Chief Executieve Officer, NSW Irrigators Council
Claire Miller is the CEO of the NSW Irrigators Council. She has more than 35 years of experience immersed in complex operating environments where policy, politics, community values, ecological sustainability and economic imperatives clash. In this hotly contested environment, Claire has dealt with a wide range of controversial policy issues, including water, climate change, environment, agriculture and regional development.
She was a journalist with The Age for more than 20 years before changing careers into the water arena in roles including senior policy adviser to the Victorian Water Minister and working with the dairy, rice and other industry sectors. She has a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies, is a director on the East Gippsland CMA board, and volunteers in wildlife conservation in South Africa.
Chief Executive Officer, Ecotourism Australia
Rod has a life-long involvement in tourism, protected areas management and education with lengthy stints as a tour operator, National Park Manager and teacher all over Australia, and many years overseas.
He has been involved with Ecotourism Australia since 2001 when he was elected as a Board member (then Deputy Chair) for six years where he created the ‘Tourism in Protected Areas Forum’ (TAPAF) and managed the Annual Conference program. After four years in Papua New Guinea, managing the Kokoda Track, he returned to Ecotourism Australia as its Chief Executive.
Owner, Murray River Walk
Tony Sharley is Managing Director of Murray River Trails which he started in 2016 to help diversify the Riverland economy after the devastating Millennium Drought. Eco-tourism offered the opportunity to build a more resilient local economy without extracting more water from the river.
An environmental scientist, Tony’s career has included working on rivers in the Australian Capital Territory, Kakadu National Park, and the Murray-Darling Basin. He served on the original MDB Community Advisory Committee and has held Board positions on the Nature Foundation of SA, the South Australian RAA, Country Arts SA, Regional Development Australia, and Ecotourism Australia.
Ngarrindjeri. Chair, Murray Lower Darling Indigenous Nations
Chairperson Ngarrindjeri Peoples Native Title Compensation Charitable Trust
Grant is chairperson Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations. He is also on the committee for Aboriginal water interests, National Water Iniative and board member Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority.
Director of Land and Water Business Unit, CSIRO
Jane’s career in natural resources science delivery spans 30 years and has been focused on developing and applying scientific solutions to natural resources management challenges. Her experience and technical knowledge spans a range of issues including coal seam gas, coal and unconventional energy resources, uranium mining and radioactive waste disposal, groundwater sustainability, dryland salinity, groundwater-surface water dynamics; forest ecology and management; reserve design and biodiversity management.
With formal qualifications in hydrogeology and earth sciences, Jane has a broad multidisciplinary understanding of land and water sciences. She is Director of CSIRO’s Land and Water Business Unit and has also held senior leadership positions including as Chief Executive of the National Measurement Institute, and Acting Chief Scientist and leader of the groundwater capability at Geosciences Australia. Jane’s multidisciplinary perspective has also seen her provide scientific advice across a number of committees and boards.
Jane’s interests include science communication, mentoring emerging science leaders, and working to provide inspired, innovative and impactful science solutions to national problems.
Research Scientist, CSIRO
Dr David Post has been a research scientist with CSIRO since 1999. His research interests focus on the impacts of land use and climate change on water resources, as well as on the regionalisation of hydrologic response to ungauged areas. He has a PhD in Resource Management from the Australian National University. Currently he is leading the co-design of the Water and Environment Research Program (WERP) in conjunction with the Murray-Darling Basin Association and LaTrobe University.
Research Group Leader, Water Resources Assessment And Prediction, CSIRO
Dr Francis Chiew is a Science Leader in CSIRO and currently leads the Surface Water and Basin Outcomes Group. Francis is a global expert in hydroclimate, hydrological modelling and climate change adaptation. Francis and his team partners with government and industry, delivering knowledge, tools and datasets that directly inform water resources management and planning, including in the Murray-Darling Basin. Francis is a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth and Sixth Assessment reports.
Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture
Ewan McEoin is Hugh D.T Williamson Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture at the NGV. His role at the NGV include collecting, advocacy, and the curation of exhibitions including solo, survey and thematic exhibitions. Key projects include the NGV Triennial (2017 and 2020), the annual NGV Architecture Commissions program (2015 – 2020) and annual Melbourne Design Week program, Australia’s leading international design festival. Ewan comes to the NGV after two decades working in design strategy, curating and publishing. He is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Design and the Social Context at RMIT University, and a member of the Board of the Robin Boyd Foundation.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing, NSW
Member for Oxley
Since 2015, Melinda has dedicated herself to improving the lives of regional and rural constituents.
Before entering parliament, she owned successful small businesses and worked as a reporter in radio and television.
Melinda was an advisor when the NSW Nationals were last in government.
As the mother of two, Melinda is keenly focused on family issues.
Chief Executive Officer - NSW Water Sector
Jim Bentley is Chief Executive Officer, NSW Water Sector and Deputy Secretary of WATER, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. He was formerly Managing Director of Hunter Water Corporation Newcastle NSW. Jim has extensive global experience in infrastructure services, particularly in the water industry, having spent 12 years with Thames Water, including six years in the international business mainly focused on Turkey and the Middle East. Jim is a Professor of Practice in Business Law at the University of Newcastle NSW and Visiting Professor in Engineering at University College London, UK
Jim Bentley joined the department on 1 July from Hunter Water Corporation and now holds the NSW Government’s most senior water role. He is responsible for negotiating for our sustainable and affordable access to water with other states and the Commonwealth, and for coordinating with colleagues across government, state-owned corporations and local utilities to ensure we are delivering resilient water services for the people of New South Wales
Jim is a senior executive with extensive experience, particularly in the water sector, working across both the private and public sector. His deep knowledge of water utilities will be useful in his role where he will oversee billion-dollar water infrastructure programs and the prioritisation of water projects and work closely with utility companies. Jim has a history of evidence-based decision making, with a background in infrastructure services consulting. As the department continues to roll out Regional Water Strategies, his expertise and skills will be invaluable in securing both metropolitan and regional water supplies.
Interim CEO, One Basin CRC (bid)
Prof. Mike Stewardson has spent almost three decades working as a researcher at The University of Melbourne in Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources. He currently leads the Water Agriculture and Environmental Platform within the Faculty of Engineering and IT. In 2019, he established the Mallee Regional Innovation Centre and continues as its Director. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Social Economic and Environmental Science for the MDBA and contributes to a variety of advisory committees for government water management agencies across Australia. Over the last two years, Mike has led the bid for the ONE Basin CRC (onebasin.com.au) as the interim CEO. This CRC bid brings together a partnership of more than 80 agriculture, technology, community, environmental, government and research partners to support a ten year program tackling risks in the Murray Darling Basin.
Senior Principal Consultant, Alluvium Consulting
Tim joined Alluvium in 2020, bringing an extensive policy background in water and natural resource management. Tim served as a Commonwealth senior executive for ten years, working on Murray-Darling Basin policy, and more recently on the Future Drought Fund and Landcare agriculture programs. Tim was a Senior Adviser ministerial adviser to Senator Penny Wong from 2008 to 2010.
Tim has also worked with the Victorian government, in the non-government sector and on the board of Land and Water Australia – an R&D corporation. In 2003, Tim received a Centennial Medal for service in water conservation and salinity management.
Tony is one of Australia’s leading practitioners in the catchment modelling and water quality fields. He over 30 years’ experience in the water industry delivering a range of hydrology, catchment modelling, water sensitive urban design, integrated water management, water quality and stormwater management projects. Tony is passionate about collaboration and science based decision making and promotes these in all his projects. In recognition of his efforts in promoting modelling and the modelling community, Tony was awarded the 2012 Fellowship for the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand. He has been an author in numerous research papers and presented his research both nationally and internationally.
In 2009, Tony was invited to become a Visiting Fellow at the Fenner School in Australian National University, and in 2016 was appointed as a Visiting Scientist at CSIRO Land and Water's Basin Management Outcomes group in Canberra. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Climate Change and Hydrologic Modelling through ANU in the Fenner School.
Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder
Hilton Taylor is currently the acting Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder. He has more than 25 years’ experience in forestry, natural resource management and international development work, including periods in both the private and public sectors. Hilton’s position includes oversight of the Commonwealth’s $4 billion environmental water portfolio. Prior to joining the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, Hilton has worked for State and Territory Governments, URS Consulting, and as a contractor for AusAID and the World Bank.
Executive Manager System Operations, Water NSW
Adrian has over 25 years’ experience working across the water industry in NSW including areas of water resource management and operations as well as strategic water planning for urban utilities. Adrian current role involves overseeing the operations of river system operations and water sharing plan implementation across NSW.
Director, Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists
Dr Celine Steinfeld is a geographer specialising in NRM policy and management in Australia. She was awarded the University Medal in 2008 for research on floodplain development in the internationally significant Macquarie Marshes in the Murray-Darling Basin. She was the inaugural recipient of the Peter Cullen Postgraduate Scholarship in 2009 and won the international River Management Young Achievers Award at the River symposium in 2012.
After graduating, Celine worked in policy implementation at the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. She joined the Wentworth Group in 2015 and was recently appointed to the role of Director, overseeing the 5-year strategy for water reform and landscape conservation in a changing climate.
Vice Chair, Menindee Lakes Stakeholder Advisory Group
Rachel Strachan is a life-long resident of the Murray-Darling Basin. Growing up on an irrigation farm on the Murray River near Murray Downs Rachel has spent the past 25 years operating a family sheep agribusiness with extensive dryland cropping on the Lower Darling River, 70 km north of Wentworth. Until recently her enterprise included high value irrigated wine grapes and citrus. These crops were removed following Rachel’s participation in a Commonwealth strategic water purchase and capital adjustment, which decommissioned all horticulture on the Lower Darling. She is currently Vice Chair of the Menindee Lakes Stakeholder Advisory Group and Vice Chair of the South-Western Water Users Association (NSW) representing both Murray and Lower Darling private diverters.
Chief Executive Officer, National Water Grid Authority
Brendan was appointed as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Water Grid Authority (NWGA) and Deputy Secretary Water Infrastructure within the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional and Communications on 30 January 2020.
The National Water Grid Authority was established on 1 October 2019. The NWGA provides advice to the Australian Government on water infrastructure policy and investment decisions to support the growth of Australia’s agriculture sector and create more resilient regional economies.
Acting Chief Executve Officer, Murray Darling Basin Authority
Members of the not-for-profit Petaurus Education Group have been working with schools in the Wentworth Shire for 10 years to harness youth views on better managing land and water issues. Petaurus is currently running a three-year youth leadership program that will focus on young people taking a lead on environmental issues. All schools in Wentworth Shire will participate in the program run in partnership with Wentworth Shire Council and the NSW Stronger Country Communities program. It will involve workshops, problem-solving, research, student books, cultural heritage, excursions, mentoring, on-ground activities and a major youth forum. The presentation at the MDA National Conference will involve students from Gol Gol and Dareton public schools followed by the launch of a youth-focussed video showcasing the Wentworth Shire.
Authority Chair, Murray Darling Basin Association
Sir Angus was awarded the Knight of the Order of Australia in January 2015 for extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit in service to Australia, through distinguished service in the Australian Defence Force and continued commitment to serving the nation in leadership roles, particularly the national responses to the MH370 and MH17 disasters, and in a variety of roles in the community.
In July 2011 Sir Angus retired as Chief of the Australian Defence Force after 41 years of service. SirAngus was the Chief of the Defence Force from 4 July 2005 until 4 July 2011. Prior to his role as Chief of the Defence Force he was Chief of Air Force for four years.
Sir Angus has worked closely with the University since 2011. As Chair of USC’s QMNI Institute Foundation Board Foundation Board, he has been a driving force behind the establishment of the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute, and has advocated for USC’s capacity as a leader in community mental health at the highest levels of government and industry.
Sir Angus is Chair of Airservices Australia; the Defence South Australia Advisory Board; the Order of Australia Council; the Victorian Police Corporate Advisory Group; the University of NSW Canberra Advisory Board and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.
He is a Board Member of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, the Anzac Centenary Public Fund Board and GreaterGood Canberra. SirAngus is also a visiting fellow of the ANU National Security College and the South Australian Special Envoy for International Trade and Investment.
In addition, he is patron of numerous charitable organisations.
Sir Angus was Chair of the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board, which provided strategic advice to the Government on the national program for the Anzac Centenary 2014 – 2018, from July 2011 until March 2014.
In July 2014 Sir Angus was appointed as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to lead Australia’s efforts to help recover, identify and repatriate Australians killed in the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash.
Sir Angus also led the Joint Agency Coordination Centre coordinating the Australian Government’s support for the search into missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in 2014. In 2012 Sir Angus led the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers.
Sir Angus is married to Liz and they have three sons and three grandchildren. In 2011, he was named the Australian Father of the Year and in 2012, the ACT Australian of the Year.
General Manager, Renmark Irrigation Trust
Rosalie is the General Manager of the Renmark Irrigation Trust in SA. She returned to the Riverland with extensive business management experience having served as the National Finance Business Partner for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, ZoosSA corporate executive and Finance Directors in health.
Coming from a farming background, Rosalie has a strong interest in the health of the River Murray and its communities, serving on the Katarapko Community Advisory Panel and the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board - Water Advisory Committee. Since joining the Trust, Rosalie has established the innovative Renmark environmental watering program and achieved global recognition for the Renmark irrigation community’s good water stewardship.
CEO, Murray Darling Association
A former councillor with Campaspe Shire Council, Emma joined the Murray Darling Association in May 2014 in the role of Chief Executive Officer. As the director of a hydraulic engineering and mine maintenance business in the Bowen Basin, QLD for 15 years and Campus Manager of Bendigo TAFE, Echuca Campus, she has extensive business management experience. With a background in mixed farming and involvement in local government Emma has felt the effects of policy decisions on local communities first hand. Emma is committed to the principals of good governance and public participation. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science and a Graduate Diploma in Education.
Interim Inspector General of Water Compliance
Following a 30-year career of public service in Government, Law Enforcement, Emergency Services, Social Justice, community & charity, the Honourable Troy Grant was announced as Interim Inspector-General of Water Compliance by Minister for Water the Hon Keith Pitt MP on 16 December 2020.
Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia
Since he was elected Federal member for Hinkler in 2013, Keith has continued to work hard, delivering for the residents in Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and all the small townships in between.
Keith entered politics to be a strong local voice for regional Australia.
His focus is on attracting more investment to the region and helping to build a stronger regional economy, bringing more job opportunities now and into the future.
Master of Ceremonies
Mia Greves is a former journalist and presenter for the Nine and Seven networks for more than 15 years. She spent three years as a political reporter in Canberra’s Parliament House press gallery.
She is now a Melbourne-based corporate communications expert, who has worked across multiple industries including healthcare, insurance, property and government.
A mother of two little people, her Saturday mornings are happily spent ferrying children to sports and remembering gold coins for the canteen.