Meet our board members

Portrait of Presiding Member Dianne Davidson

Dianne Davidson AM

Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board Chair

Dianne Davidson has lived and worked in and around the Murraylands and Riverland region for all of her life. An agricultural scientist from the Lower Lakes area, she has operated businesses in the viticultural and horticultural industries for 45 years, with an abiding interest in the sustainable management of soils, water and all natural resources.   

Dianne has worked closely on water policy reform issues since 2006, commencing with drought taskforce engagement in the Millenium drought. She served as a Member of the Murray Darling Basin Authority for 9 years, from its commencement, with responsibility for making the Basin Plan. She continues to work on water projects and projects addressing adaptations to a warming climate. Dianne was Presiding Member of the former South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board in 2019-20.

Throughout her career Dianne has chaired a number of private sector boards and has strong governance and business experience. She was a councillor of the University of Adelaide for 12 years, for 4 of which she was the Deputy Chancellor.

She is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. In 2015, Dianne was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the wine industry, horticulture management and higher education administration.

Portrait of board member Andrew Biele

Andrew Biele

Andrew Biele is the Farm/ Operations Manager for the collaborative farming Business “Bulla Burra which is based at Loxton. He is an experienced large scale property and personnel manager with extensive practical experience, and holds an advanced Diploma of Rural Business Management, and Diploma of Viticultural Management and Oenology.

Andrew has also worked for SARDI in broad acre crop evaluations and breeding programs, and for Boars Rock Winery where he managed fruit purchasing and intake from all wine regions nationally as well as co-ordination and management of more than 200 growers. Andrew has extensive experience in managing people and developing their skills and knowledge. 

Andrew is an active member of numerous grower and farming groups including Mallee Sustainable Farming and Grain Growers SA, and he is a past member of the former Mallee and Coorong Natural Resources Management Group.  

Portrait of board member Greg Cock

Greg Cock

Greg Cock has an agricultural science degree with a focus on soil science. He has had a long career in the agriculture portfolio of the South Australian Government, working on state-wide and national projects and programs, with roles in sustainable development and community engagement. Greg has a thorough understanding of agricultural systems, broader environmental matters and has a strong commitment for engaging regional communities. His extensive network and sound understanding of the financial, social and environmental challenges of the region motivated his nomination to the Board. 

Greg has a desire to utilise his strategic focus and his knowledge of working with government, rural communities, farmers and the environment sector to the Board’s program. Greg is motivated by advocacy for balancing production and conservation perspectives as per the charter of the Landscapes program. Greg is a partner in Paiwalla Pty Ltd, the Trustee of the Wetlands Habitat Trust (Paiwalla) based near Mypolonga.

He has been an employee of Primary Industries and Regions SA having worked on soil and water management research, extension and policy across the state and particularly in our region.  He had a lead role in the State’s 2006 to 2011 Drought Response Program and held the position of Executive Officer for the Agricultural Bureau SA for some years. He is currently employed by Livestock SA under a contract with the Department for Environment and Water on its Flows for the Future program.

Portrait of board member Barbara Cowey

Barb Cowey

Barb Cowey is the Regional Coordinator Riverland and Murraylands for PIRSA and a highly respected member of the Riverland community. She has strong relationships within government and with the private sector, with extensive experience in market research and development, strategic and business planning, and regional development.

Barb has previously been involved in policy development and planning for management and recovery from natural disasters such as drought and the hailstorms of 2017 and 2019. Barb has been involved in numerous clubs, businesses and governing councils, and is currently on the Renmark Paringa Network commute and a member of the KESAB Board. Her work in regional development has ensured a strong connection with the community.

Barb believes the natural and built environments thrive when they are in unison. She is looking forward to assisting the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board to raise the importance of the relationship between the natural environment and sustainable primary production while protecting biodiversity and adapting to climate variability. Barb holds a Diploma of Education, a Diploma of Management, and Certificate VI in Training and Assessment.

Portrait of board member Jim Godden

Jim Godden

Jim Godden is the General Manager of Angove Family Winemakers in Renmark, in the Riverland, where he manages the operational business functions of the winery facility. Jim has a strong business background with expertise in legislative frameworks including occupational health and safety, injury management, environment licence and food safety as well as skills in financial management. He helps manage the company’s water assets and water leasing.

A personal passion of Jim’s is wetland restoration and management, and he has a strong links with the Loveday Wetlands and its management. He is a member of various community organisations as well as being the director and current chair of the Independent Winemakers Group Pty Ltd.

Portrait of board member Lisa Rowntree

Lisa Rowntree

Lisa Rowntree is an elected member of the Coorong District Council and has a strong connection to the horticultural industry through her family’s olive growing and processing business, Longridge Olives. Lisa fills the role of Sales, Marketing and Finance Manager for Longridge Olives and she was formerly the president of the industry group Olives South Australia and the CEO of the Australian Olive Industry. She is also a member of the Murraylands Food Alliance.In 2005 Lisa was awarded the RIRDC Rural Women of the Year Award for South Australia.

Lisa has skills in critical thinking and strategic planning, policy development and public speaking. She is experienced in working with government at local, state and federal levels. Lisa holds an Advanced Diploma in Horticulture and a Graduate Diploma for the Company Directors course from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is well connected to her local community through her involvement with the netball and football clubs, the community pool committee and the Coomandook Area School governing council.

Portrait of board member Jason Size  

Jason Size

Jason Size is a Nuffield Scholar from the Riverland who is the owner/ manager of Bookpurnong Fruits, a stone fruit growing enterprise. Jason is a grower and Director for Quality Fruit marketing which involves growers with similar interests marketing their products together. He has an Advanced Diploma of Horticulture and a Master of Business Administration, and an interest in research and development of fruit varietal evaluation. He is currently chair of the Loxton District Landcare group and has previously been the Chair for the South Australian Fresh Fruit Growers Association (now known as Summerfruit SA).

Jason wants to ensure he can have a positive impact on this region physically and within a policy framework as landscapes are not just about the environment but how everything fits together to enable future generations to thrive.  Jason is a quiet and independent thinker and wants to make a difference in whatever he does.

More information

  • Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board
    110A Mannum Road, Murray Bridge, SA, 5253
    08 8532 9100
    MRenquiries@sa.gov.au