Department of the Environment

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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Appointments of new chief executive of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority & new chair of the National Water Commission

Media release
12 May 2011

Tony Burke, Minister for Water, today announced the resignation of the Chief Executive of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Mr Rob Freeman.

"Mr Freeman has written to the Governor-General indicating his intention to resign from his position as Chief Executive of the Authority. His last day at the Authority will be 1 June," Mr Burke said.

"I would like to thank Mr Freeman for his valuable contribution to the work of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority over the past three years and wish him well for the future.

"Mr Freeman's water experience has been of great value in the establishment of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and progressing water reform.

"I am very pleased to announce that Dr Rhondda Dickson has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

"Dr Dickson has extensive experience as a senior public servant in natural resource management areas with responsibility for policy areas including rural and regional policy, water, industry, climate change and primary industries."

Dr Dickson is currently Deputy Secretary in the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and has held senior roles in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Environment and Heritage.

"I am also very pleased to announce that Ms Chloe Munro has been appointed as Chair of the National Water Commission," Mr Burke said.

"Ms Munro has extensive senior executive experience including as Secretary of the Victorian Departments of Primary Industries and Natural Resources and Environment, and has performed strongly as both Commissioner of the National Water Commission since 2005 and as acting Chair since last year.

"Ms Munro's appointment will create a vacancy of Commissioner of the National Water Commission, and Mr Freeman has been appointed to this position to continue to draw on his extensive expertise in water policy".