Our Board

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Cr David Thurley - Albury City Council

Chair, Region 1 - National President

The chair of Region 1 is Cr David Thurley, Albury City Council. Cr Thurley 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.

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Cr Dennis Patterson - Greater Shepparton City Coun

Chair, Region 2

The chair of Region 2 is Cr Dennis Patterson, Greater Shepparton City Council.

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Chair, Region 3

The chair of Region 3 is currently vacant.


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Cr Jane MacAllister - Wentworth Shire Council

Chair, Region 4

The chair of Region 4 is Cr Jane MacAllisrer from Wentworth Shire Council. Cr MacAllister can be contacted on M: 0427 118 396. 

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Cr Peter Hunter - Renmark Paringa Council

Chair, Region 5

The chair of Region 5 is Cr Peter Hunter, Renmark Paringa Council. Cr Hunter can be contacted on M: 0447 177 341. 
Peter was born in Semaphore (a beach suburb of Adelaide, South Australia) and was brought up in and around the wharf area of Port Adelaide, while enjoying the freedom to explore and have adventures  within the scouting movement (particularly with sailing / rowing / camping).
Upon graduating, I started teaching in the northern suburbs of Adelaide, then the mid North of SA, with several acting leadership roles. My first Principal Role was on the West Coast, followed by a long stint at  Renmark North Primary, from which I retired in 2012.
My wife & I enjoy travelling the outback / camping / canoeing - when home, we enjoy the company of our children & grandchildren.
I was elected to the Renmark Paringa Council in 2010 and have held the Deputy Mayor role since 2012. My involvement with the MDA commenced in 2016, with my role as the chair of Region 5.
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Cr Melissa Rebbeck - Alexandrina Council

Chair, Region 6

The chair of Region 6 is Melissa Rebbeck from Alexandrina Council. Cr Rebbeck can be contacted on M: 0427 273 727            


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Cr Andrew Tilley - City of Mitcham

Chair, Region 7 (Interim)

The Chair of Region 7 is held in the interim by Cr Andrew Tilley from the City of Mitcham, Cr Tilley can be contacted on M: 0411 158 882

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Cr Denis Clark, Mayor - Northern Areas Council

Chair, Region 8

The chair of Region 8 is Cr Denis Clark from the Northern Areas Council. Cr Clark can be contacted on M: 0408 148 725.

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Cr Paul Maytom, Mayor - Leeton Shire Council

Chair, Region 9

The chair of Region 9 is Cr Paul Maytom, Mayor Leeton Shire Council. Cr Maytom 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.

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Cr Phyllis Miller, Mayor - Forbes Shire Council

Chair, Region 10

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.


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Cr John Campbell - Gunnedah Shire Council

Chair, Region 11

The Chair of Region 11 Cr John Campbell from Gunnedah Shire Council. Cr Campbell can be contacted on M: 0408 421 065.

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Cr Richard Marsh, Mayor - Balonne Shire Council

Chair, Region 12

The chair of Region 12 is Cr Richard Marsh, Mayor Balonne Shire Council. Cr Marsh can be contacted on M: 0409 692 299.

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Pete George


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.