South Australia’s water security interests have been strengthened at the table of one of the most important Basin bodies – the Murray–Darling Basin Authority.

Federal Minister for Resources and Water, Keith Pitt, today announced the appointment of South Australian Ms Roseanne Healy as a new member to the Authority.

Minister for Environment and Water, David Speirs, said he was pleased the request to have a South Australian member on the Authority was acted upon.

“The Authority is a vital institution responsible for planning the Basin's water resources. It plays an important role in ensuring each Basin state contributes its fair share in ensuring water resources are used sustainably and the River Murray system is operated efficiently,” Minister Speirs said.

“Ms Healy has a deep understanding of Murray–Darling Basin issues and understands that a healthy Murray River in South Australia has benefits across the Basin.

“There has been more action to deliver the Murray–Darling Basin Plan in recent months than ever before, and this appointment to the Authority is another positive step towards water security in this state. I look forward to Ms Healy’s contribution to this important task.”

Ms Healy has extensive experience in diverse sectors including agriculture, aquaculture, food and wine, and infrastructure. Her career spans decades in economics and market analysis for several of Australia’s top 200 ASX companies.

The proud South Australian also has a wealth of board experience and local knowledge that will benefit the Authority and the Basin.

She has held numerous memberships and leadership positions, including as Deputy Chairperson of the Grains Research and Development Corporation and member of the National Water Grid Authority.

“While there have been many recent positive examples of how the Basin Plan is working for South Australia, strong leadership and governance has never been more important for the health of the Murray and the Basin more widely,” Minister Speirs said.

“The Murray-Darling Basin Authority plays a critical role in this, and to have a South Australian at the table is good news for South Australians and the Basin as a whole.