Cr Thurley is originally from Tasmania where he graduated from the University of Tasmania with a BSc and began his career as a Research Scientist for Australian Newsprint Mills. Cr Thurley moved to Albury Wodonga in his thirties to work as the Technical Manager for the paper mill now owned by Norske Skog, where he attended meetings and conferences of the MDA as part of this role. In 1994 he established his environmental consultancy, specialising in water treatment.
Elected to Albury City Council in 2012, Cr Thurley is Chairman of the Finance and Administration Committee and the Council’s representative as Chairman of the Murray Darling Association, Region 1. In addition to his Council duties Cr Thurley is president of the Astronomical Society of Albury Wodonga and president of the Board of Age Concern. Outside Council you may find him riding, reading or devising fun science experiments for his 11 grandchildren.
The chair of Region 3 is vacant.
Councillor Barry Featherston is the current National Deputy President of the Murray Darling Association and a dedicated elected member of the Alexandrina Council, having served the Angas Bremer Ward for 15 years. He has maintained a strong, advocating voice for the Murray Mouth and Lower Lakes on behalf of the Alexandrina community, campaigning passionately about a range of issues relating to the health and flow of the River.
Paul has represented the council on numerous committees and currently represents the council on the Riverina and Murray regional organisation of council. Paul has a keen interest in natural resource management and water issues.
The Chair of Region 10 is currently vacant
Pete is Partner and Associate of M+S Group Accounting Pty Ltd and has been with the firm since 1990. With over 30 years experience in the field, he is a member of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants and has a vast knowledge of taxation, GST, business structures, Self-Managed Super Funds, succession planning, general and specialist accounting. Prior to becoming an Accountant, Pete was a Systems Analyst and Computer Programmer, fluent in four languages. Pete is a current Professional Partner of XERO, MYOB, Intuit and Reckon products.
Pete brings his considerable skill and commitment to several not-for-profit boards, and is also an Angel Flight Pilot in his spare time.
As an accountant supporting farmers, families, and businesses across the Southern Connected Basin, Pete has a deep and personal commitment to ensuring that the resources of the Murray Darling Basin serve the needs of our communities and the natural environment for all generations yet to come.
Board Members of the Murray Darling Association have a number of different roles that must incorporate the interests of the organisation as a legal entity, the whole of basin community, and the interests of the members and other stakeholders in their Region. Board Members play a vital leadership role in creating and implementing their Association’s vision, strategic direction and values.
Board Members as Regional Chairs also have to represent their Regions on a wide range of issues. In doing so, board members must obey the law, including the principle of natural justice, and their obligations to their councils as councilors and elected representatives of their immediate community. Board Members may often have to deal with a range of requests, perspectives and sometimes competing priorities on basin related outcomes - which they need to find ways to deal with, preferably in collaboration with the MDA board and the executive.
The following documents are available to download below for members interested in representing their region as Region Chair.