Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt has confirmed the reappointment of Susan Madden to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to continue her strong and confident leadership role in the organisation.
Minister Pitt said the extension of Ms Madden’s position affirmed the value of her contribution to the sound governance of the MDBA in the national interest.
“Susan brings impressive skills, experience and networks, drawn from a background in family farming in the Dubbo region and natural resource economics, backed up by a First Class Honours degree and a number of industry awards.
“Across public and private sector roles, Susan's experience includes work with catchment management authorities and local land services, consulting and accounting firms, and regional farming group Macquarie River Food & Fibre, all of which included hands-on involvement in planning and water reform.
“Susan was first appointed to the Authority for a four-year term in March 2016. Her knowledge and judgement, particularly in relation to the northern basin, has been instrumental in progressing the work of the MDBA in recent years.
“I am grateful to Susan for her dedication to Murray-Darling Basin communities and am very pleased that we will continue to benefit from her valuable contribution to the important task of implementing the Basin Plan.
“I am progressing the remaining MDBA appointments, including the new Indigenous Authority member. Filling these positions is a priority for the Australian Government.”
Ms Madden will add her expertise to current Authority members Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) (chair), Phillip Glyde (chief executive), Professor Stuart Bunn and Joanna Hewitt who are also supported by several expert advisory committees.