First dedicated Indigenous MDBA board member appointed

18 December 2020

The Australian Government welcomes the appointment of Mr Rene Woods to fill the first dedicated Indigenous position on the board of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA). 

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt congratulated Mr Woods on his appointment.

“Mr Woods has been a prominent force behind driving Indigenous engagement in water management in the Murray-Darling Basin and beyond for over a decade,” Minister Pitt said.

“He grew up with the Murrumbidgee River running through his veins and has a wealth of valuable experience in a broad range of local and national water management issues.

“Mr Woods is an exceptionally qualified candidate with a deep understanding of the requirements of the role.

“I am truly grateful Mr Woods has accepted this appointment, and we now have an experienced champion on the MDBA board who has dedicated his professional life to getting local indigenous communities onto country and more involved in water management matters.

Mr Woods said his appointment is an important moment for the Murray-Darling Basin. 

“The appointment of a First Nations person to the MDBA board is step in the right direction to closing the gap and improving First Nations influence on water management decisions,” Mr Woods said.

“It’s my hope that there will be more First Nations representation in coming years that will continue to take our voices to the Authority, improving their understanding of First Nations water issues. 

My father, Ian, was the first Indigenous man on the Murray Darling Basin Commission – he started to advocate for more involvement in decision making – I’m proud to continue that work.” 

Mr Wood’s tenure on the MBDA board will be for a four-year term ending in 2024. 

Further information includes biographies on each of the MDBA board members is available on the Murray-Darling Basin Authority website.