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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 engagement@mdba.gov.au

Meet the team

Kerryn Suttor - Lower Balonne (Queensland) 

Kerryn has lived in St George for the past six years and has a strong background in building rural, regional and remote capacity at the individual and the community level. Kerryn has experience working with rural and regional councils and chambers of commerce to deliver economic and community goals.

Tom Foster - Macintyre (Queensland and New South Wales) 

Tom’s family history of grazing and farming in Far North NSW has provided a strong foundation for his work as a Landcare project officer and auxiliary firefighter in Queensland’s Maranoa region. With a background in integrated water management and business, Tom is experienced and committed to effective engagement with communities on complex water issues.

Annabelle Guest - Namoi (New South Wales)

Annabelle has lived and worked in the Namoi 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 currently a community advisory group representative with the North West Local Land Services, and a part time research coordinator with the Dryland Cotton Research Association.

Peter Thomas - Barwon­­–Darling (New South Wales)

Peter is an active member of the local Bourke community. His career has spanned diverse roles across western NSW including as an auditor and financial adviser to police commands, a business manager for NSW Corrective Services and a transport industry sales agent. Peter has seen the effects of sustained droughts and lack of river flows on local townships and has a passion to engage closely with local communities.        

Roger Knight - Mid-Murray (New South Wales)

Roger has experience in natural resource management, sustainable agriculture and environmental systems development and implementation. He embraces change management and has a keen interest in strengthening stakeholder relationships between industry, government, business and community groups.

Merrill Boyd - Goulburn–Murray (Victoria) 

Merrill has extensive connections with the local community and has held the position of Regional Engagement Officer since 2016. She has a background in media, public relations and engagement, and a strong history of engaging with local stakeholders on issues related to irrigation and other farming practices.

Lower Murray (South Australia) 

Currently being recruited.