The chair of Region 1 is Cr David Thurley, Albury City Council. David can be contacted on M: 0419 510 274.
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 2 is Cr Peter Mansfield, Moira Shire Council.
The chair of Region 3 is Cr Leigh Byron, Mayor Balranald Shire Council. Leigh can be contacted on M: 0428 201 301.
The interim chair of Region 4 is Cr Darriea Turley, Mayor Broken Hill City Council. Darriea can be contacted on M: 0429 848 480
The chair of Region 7 is Cr David Shetliffe from the Town of Walkerville. David can be contacted on M: 0414 631 442.
The acting chair of Region 8 is Cr Denis Clark from the Northern Areas Council. Denis can be contacted on M: 0408 148 725.
The chair of Region 9 is Cr Paul Maytom, Mayor Leeton Shire Council. Paul can be contacted on M: 0447 293 829.
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
The Chair of Region 11 is currently vacant
The chair of Region 12 is Cr Richard Marsh, Mayor Balonne Shire Council. Richard can be contacted on M: 0409 692 299.
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.