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Regional engagement

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority is building our presence in regional areas. Regional offices and regional staff help us develop relationships with stakeholders. They help provide us with local knowledge and the capability to build partnerships.

Regional offices

Regional offices help us in our role in managing the Murray–Darling Basin. Being located in regional areas supports our research, evidence and analytical capacity, and contributes to policy and decision making.

We have offices in:

  • Adelaide
  • Albury–Wodonga
  • Canberra
  • Goondiwindi
  • Griffith
  • Mildura
  • Murray Bridge
  • Toowoomba

Regional engagement officers

We encourage people to talk to us about their experiences and concerns. We want everyone invested in the Basin to get in touch with the regional engagement team.

The group has an impressive range of skills, experience and strong community ties.

Our Regional Engagement Officers work part-time in their regions. We have hosting arrangements in place with five organisations and are working towards having seven officers across the Basin.

If you have any feedback or want to keep up to date on this program please email engagement@mdba.gov.au

Meet the team

Annabelle Guest – Namoi/Gwydir (New South Wales)

Annabelle has lived and worked in the Namoi/Gwydir region for the past 25 years and has extensive connections with her local community. Her various roles in the agriculture industry include consulting, research, compliance and landholder liaison. Annabelle is a former community advisory group representative for the North West Local Land Services, and currently a part time research coordinator with the Dryland Cotton Research Association.

Josh Kirby – Goulburn–Murray (Victoria) and Mid–Murray (New South Wales)

Josh is a local farmer with a passion for both farming and the environment. He has a background in environmental science and has held a number of roles in the Goulburn–Murray region including with local Moira Shire Council and with Goulburn Murray Water. He has extensive networks and an understanding of local issues and communities and is a proven communicator with extensive media experience. With Josh being located near Yarrawonga/Mulwala he is well situated to link with communities across both the Goulburn–Murray Irrigation District and the New South Wales Mid–Murray.

John Scriven – Lower Balonne (Queensland)

John has lived and worked in south-west Queensland for the past 35 years and has extensive connections with local communities.  His most recent role was as manager of a beef cattle property at St George, Burwah.  John’s experience includes agriculture and the natural resource management sector including 15 years working with communities through Landcare programs.  He holds a Diploma in Conservation and Land Management and is well placed to connect communities and agencies.

Peter Thomas – Lachlan–Macquarie–Castlereagh (New South Wales)

Peter Thomas is the Regional Engagement Officer (REO) for the Lachlan-Macquarie-Castlereagh region. Peter previously worked in the REO role in the Barwon–Darling region and transferred to this current role in September 2019. He has a strong knowledge of private sector and government interaction in the areas of health, justice and transport across central and western New South Wales. With over 40 years of experience in working in regional towns, Peter has a passion for working with communities and finding opportunities for them to be active in water reform in the Basin.

Richard Unsworth – Menindee and the Lower Darling (New South Wales)

Richard is a Menindee resident and small business owner committed to the town, its people and the river. Richard moved to Menindee to work in the horticultural industry managing a table grape operation. He also has previous experience in the public sector and brings a unique range of community and management skills to the role.

Nathan Bicknell, Lower Murray (South Australia)

Nathan grew up in regional South Australia where his family operated a Southern Rocklobster fishing business. He has worked in a range of marine fishing roles where engaging with stakeholders on complex natural resource management issues was key. As a Regional Coordination Officer, Nathan's role complements the Regional Engagement Officers by helping to coordinate water reform engagement by the MDBA, the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, and the Australian Government Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment. Nathan lives with his family near the end of the Murray River at Port Elliot where he also enjoys surfing and camping.

Updated: 20 Sep 2021