NE Water appoints an Independent Aboriginal Delegate to the Board

North East Water has appointed Duduroa and Yorta Yorta man Johnny Murray as an independent Aboriginal delegate to the Corporation’s Board of directors.

Mr Murray has been appointed for a 12 month period and is the organisation’s second Aboriginal delegate engaged since 2019.

Chair, Cath Botta, said Johnny has extensive experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the country.

“Johnny will be able to provide insight into matters relating to urban water management and its connection to Traditional Owners. It’s also an opportunity for him to consider a future full directorship within the water sector," Ms Botta said.

“Not only does the delegate role provide greater perspectives in the Corporation’s strategic discussions, it also continues to strengthen our relationships with Aboriginal communities.

I am extremely excited that Johnny is joining our team and I’m looking forward to his first Board next week.”

Cath Botta, Chair North East Water

North East Water is on a Reconciliation journey and this is another important step towards an inclusive and just country.

“I am a proud Aboriginal man and have a great understanding of Aboriginal cultural protocols across north-east Victoria, southern New South Wales and Queensland.

I believe Aboriginal people and Aboriginal communities should have a say in all matters that affect them and this position will provide a great opportunity for an Aboriginal voice at North East Water.

I am committed to bringing about positive change whilst working together towards improving outcomes for Aboriginal people and North East Water as a collective.”

Johnny Murray, Aboriginal Delegate North East Water
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