2019 National Conference & AGM



22ND - 24th October 2019

Toowoomba, Queensland


The Murray Darling Association welcomes delegates to our 75th National Conference and AGM showcasing the magnificent Toowoomba and Northern Basin regions.

Re-Generation of a healthy Basin

In an era of constant change – changes in government and in legislation, changes to industry and farming practice, changes to energy and water availability - regeneration must be our bedrock.

Regional growth, economic development and agricultural productivity are essential to the future of our Basin communities. Councils and government across Australia must work hard to ensure we have the balance right. Regeneration of the land and river systems will ensure our regions survive, adapt and prosper. Working together we can nurture the leadership, drive the initiative, and build the capacity to ensure Re-generation for a healthy Basin.

The theme of the conference is incredibly exciting and future focused. The program below includes a range of presentations from experts throughout this space who will explores issues around intensifying agriculture productivity sustainably, and the opportunities for local government.









Guest Presentations





Mr Ramzi Jabbour 

Deputy Inspector General, Murray Darling Basin Water Resource Role and function of Inspector General

Ian McConnel

Global Commodity Leader - Beef, WWF

Grant Barnes

Chief Regulatory Officer, Natural Resource Access Regulator  Cultivating the Right Conditions for Compliance

Tony Mahar

Chief Executive Oficer, National Farmers Federation 2030 Roadmap explained

Thomas Hall

Director of Stretegy and Innovation, AATLIS Rural Economies

Ben Gawne

Climate Change and Water Availability, MDBA

Brent Kinnane

General Manager, TAFE Queensland Executives

Phillip Glyde

Chief Executive, MDBA Rivers. Worth it.

Bruce McConnel

General Manager, Food Leaders Australia About TSBE

Paul Brimblecombe

Chief Executive Officer, Cubbie Ag

Darryl Ebenezer

Paul McDonad

Executive Officer, Queensland Water and Land Carers

Chief Executive Officer, Southern Queensland Landscapes NRM

John Madden

Former Associate Commissioner for Water, Productivity Commission

Rachel Connell

Executive Director- Water

NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment

Priority Infrastructure & Regional Water Strategies

David Wiskar

Executive Director, Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Water Resource Management Update

Andrew Renolds

Executive Director River Management MDBA River Operations

Rebecca Pickering

Jo Tait

Director- Engagement, Environment and Property, ARTC

Business Development Manager, ARTC

Benefits of Inland Rail for Australia

Jody Swirepik

Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder

Phllip Glyde

Chief Executve Officer, MDBA Agency Update

Andrew Kassebaum

Panelist Project Overview

Dennis Patterson

Chair of Region 2 2020 Conference 

John Quinn

Managing Director, Taggle
Ashley Bland Managing Director, CONSTRUCTIVE ENERGY Re-generation of energy in the Basin









To learn more about Toowoomba, watch this video, or visit the Toowoomba Region website.

Partner's tours are available through Toowoomba Sightseeing, or create your own tour with South East Queensland Food Trails.




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