Strong leadership for the Murray-Darling Basin Authority with appointment of Chairman

8 August 2020

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Keith Pitt, today announced the appointment of Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) to lead the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA).

“This is a critical time for the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, and I have no doubt that the Authority will benefit from Sir Angus’ strong leadership and strategic capability,” Minister Pitt said.

“I can think of no one better qualified to lead the Authority and to build strong and collaborative relationships with stakeholders than Sir Angus.

“Having a permanent Chair of the Authority for the next four years provides the leadership for the MDBA to engage and work with basin jurisdictions, communities, irrigators and First Nations people to ensure the Basin Plan is implemented in a way that is fair for all. 

“After 41 years of distinguished service in the Australian Defence Force, Sir Angus retired in 2011 having served for six years as Chief of the Defence Force and four years as Chief of Air Force.

“I have every confidence that his experience in defending Australia and our national interests will be exceptionally useful in developing a sense of shared purpose when it comes to stewardship of Murray-Darling Basin water resources with communities, irrigators, and First Nations peoples.

“I look forward to working with Sir Angus to progress the important water reform work in the Basin in a way that delivers for communities, industries and the environment.”