General Manager appointed to the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board

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Former City of Mount Gambier Chief Executive Officer Andrew Meddle has been appointed as General Manager for the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board.

Posted 16 November 2020.

Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board Chair Dianne Davidson AM welcomed Andrew’s appointment and said he will be an asset for the board and communities across the region, given his broad experience in so many fields.

“He has significant experience in working and engaging with communities to deliver joint goals, and experience in managing resources efficiently to ensure sustainable outcomes,” Ms Davidson said.

“Andrew has helped the Rural City of Murray Bridge and City of Mount Gambier achieve many strategic and community plan objectives and is now well placed to take the next step in his career.

“His energy, enthusiasm and experience in project management and his proven ability to identify and act on opportunities will benefit our board.

“We are looking forward to working closely with Andrew as we commence a new chapter for landscape management,” she said.

Andrew is originally from the United Kingdom, where he held senior roles in central, regional and local government in the south and east before migrating to Australia in 2012.

He worked as the General Manager Sustainable Communities at the Rural City of Murray Bridge from 2013 until 2019 and until this appointment was the CEO at South Australia’s largest regional city of Mount Gambier.

Andrew said working as a CEO on some great transformational projects, particularly during a pandemic, has been a great learning experience but it is now time to return home and seek to make a difference in the region he loves.

“I’m thrilled with the new role and working closely with our partners to deliver on our plans at this time is a great opportunity,” Andrew said.

“I'm looking to strengthen our relationships with communities and our partnerships with industry, local government and community groups to ensure that our work helps deliver regional landscapes and farming industries which are thriving, resilient and sustainable," he said.

Andrew has an Honours degree in Countryside Planning and a joint Masters degree in Urban Planning and Transport Planning, in addition to a Diploma in Countryside Management and professional qualifications in environmental impact assessment and project management.

Coming home to Murray Bridge, Andrew said that his family, the lifestyle, location, and return to his passion were the drawcards for his interest in the landscape board role.

He lives with his wife Karen, 15 year old daughter Charlotte and four year old whippet, Jasper, in Murray Bridge and is a keen golfer and volunteer for the Rural City of Murray Bridge.

Andrew commenced on 9 November 2020.

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