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Regional engagement officers

Regional engagement officers strengthen our relationships with communities. We want local people to talk to us about their experiences and concerns. We encourage everyone invested in the Basin to get in touch with their regional engagement officer.

The group has an impressive range of skills and experience and a strong understanding of their communities.

Our Regional Engagement Officers work part-time in their regions.  We currently have hosting arrangements in place with five organisations across the Basin and are planning to build a network of seven officers across the Basin.

If you have any feedback or want to keep up to date on this program please email

Meet the team

Murrumbidgee, NSW

Hosted by Leeton Shire Council

Elizabeth Stott

Liz owns and operates a family farming business near Leeton in partnership with her husband and his parents, producing irrigated cotton and winter cereals.

Originally from Canberra, Liz moved to the region in 2009 and has developed a passion for water policy. She has a background in communications and public relations and has previously worked for Murrumbidgee Irrigation and the Ricegrowers' Association of Australia on a range of water issues including the development of the Basin Plan, license variations and state water sharing plans. Liz was also a member of the Riverina Local Land Services Irrigation Advisory Group.

Liz has completed both a Bachelor of Science (ANU) and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Science (USyd); and has also completed the Australian Rural Leadership program.

Goulburn Murray, Victoria

Hosted by Greater Shepparton City Council

Merrill Boyd

Merrill has lived in the Shepparton region for many years, working as a journalist, communications consultant and irrigator. Her experience includes working as Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Manager with VicRoads and as an Executive Manager Communications for the Northern Victoria Irrigation Renewal Project. Merrill was also a member of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission Community Reference Group. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Business Management and a Certificate in Public Participation.

Murraylands, South Australia

Hosted by SA Murray–Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board (part of the Tri-State Murray NRM Alliance)

Monique White

Monique is a consultant based in Murray Bridge who has a degree in Agricultural Science and over 20 years' experience working with South Australian communities implementing agricultural and environmental sustainability programs.

Monique is currently the Chair of the SA MDB, Ranges to River NRM Group, Chair of the R2R local government working group and is a member of the River Murray Advisory Committee.  She is also leading Dairy Australia's "Smarter Irrigation" program and provides extension input to projects for Cotton Research and Development Corporation and the National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture.

Monique is a Fellow of the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust following the completion of the Science to Policy Leadership Program.

Lower Balonne, Queensland

Hosted by RDA Darling Downs & South West Queensland

Nic Perkins

Nic is a goat farmer from Dirranbandi, Queensland. He is working on a Rangeland Goat Growth Project for Meat and Livestock Australia. Nic has experience coordinating land conservation, sustainable cropping, grazing systems and salinity management projects.

He completed a Bachelor of Environmental Management at the University of Queensland and worked as a Land Management Technical Officer for the Queensland Murray Darling Committee.

Upper Murray, Victoria

Hosted by North East Catchment Management Authority (part of the Tri-State Murray NRM Alliance)

Sam Gitahi

Sam is an aquatic ecologist with a passion for working with communities to manage wetlands and their catchments. Sam recently joined the North East Catchment Management Authority and is facilitating community participation in waterway management. Sam has over 16 years' experience working with local communities, government including at the United Nations in community-based wetland and natural resources management and the South Australian Natural Resource Management Board.

Originally from Kenya, Sam worked as a monitoring officer for the Lake Naivasha Riparian Association in Kenya. He also had a stint working with UNDP and UNICEF in East Africa. Sam has a Masters degree in environmental science and a Bachelor of Science in fisheries.