New head of MDBA river operations

Murray Darling Basin Authority appoints new head of river operations


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MDBA's new head of operations Andrew Reynolds will oversee infrastructure such as Hume Dam, picture here.

MDBA's new head of operations Andrew Reynolds will oversee infrastructure such as Hume Dam, picture here.

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Andrew Reynolds replaces David Dreverman

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A NEW head of river operations for the Murray Darling Basin Authority has been appointed to replace the outgoing David Dreverman.

MDBA assets general manager Andrew Reynolds has stepped up to replace his boss of four years Mr Dreverman, who retired from his role last week.

Mr Reynolds worked at Goulburn–Murray Water and has experience in project management, design, construction and rehabilitation of major water supply infrastructure.

MDBA's new executive director river management Andrew Reynolds.

MDBA's new executive director river management Andrew Reynolds.

MDBA chief executive Phillip Glyde said said Mr Reynolds comes to the role with “deep knowledge” of the Basin and experience in community and industry engagement.

“Mr Reynolds has worked in river asset management for 23 years and has developed strong working relationships with communities and industry,” Mr Glyde said.

The head of river operations oversees river assets from from Dartmouth Dam in north eastern Victoria to the Murray Mouth and on the Darling River upstream to Menindee Lakes, as well as managing the sharing of waters of the Murray River between NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

Mr Reynolds will manage the investigation, design, construction, operation and maintenance of river assets such as major water storages, locks and weirs, barrages and salt interception schemes.

Meanwhile, the MDBA met on Tuesday in Adelaide to discuss a range of topics which have recently become more controversial.

Authority Chair, the Neil Andrew AO, was pleased to have the opportunity to convene the meeting which comprised MDBA members and chief executive Phillip Glyde, Professor Barry Hard, Dianne Davidson, George Warne and Susan Madden, as well as representatives from industry, natural resource bodies, government officials and some community members.

Mr  Andrew said discussion topics would include the Sustainable Diversion Limit adjustment mechanism, the evaluation of the Basin Plan, river operations, compliance performance and Water Resource Plans.

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