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 currently vacant.
The chair of Region 6 is Melissa Rebbeck from Alexandrina Council. Cr Rebbeck can be contacted on M: 0427 273 727
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.
Phyllis Miller OAM – Elected to Forbes Shire Council September 1995 served five years as Deputy Mayor before becoming Mayor in 2008. Phyllis was and is still the first women to be elected as the President of the Shires Association of NSW in 100 years. She has served on many State and Federal Government committees and is presently the Convenor of the Natural Resource Advisory Council for the NSW Government and Chair of Central West Regional Organisation of Councils consisting of 16 regional councils.
Phyllis is a Director of State Cover Mutual Workers Compensation Board and Board Member of the Lachlan Catchment Management Authority. With a background in farming, stock and station agency she has a vast knowledge of country issues. Phyllis received an Order of Australia Medal in 2006 for her contribution to Local Government and the Natural Environment.
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.