Murray flows with GHD

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11 July 2012

One of the world’s leading engineering, architecture and environmental consulting companies, GHD welcomes an influential water professional to its existing cavalry in agriculture.

Murray Smith joins the team on the Sunshine Coast as Principal Engineer - Regional Water, providing more than 30 years of experience in the management and development of natural resources and the agricultural activities reliant on the sustainable development of these resources.  His knowledge extends through infrastructure planning and development, resource management and licensing, irrigation planning, design and extension, project management, and policy development.

Murray’s most recent tenure was a 4 year stretch as CEO of the AUD2 billion Northern Victoria Irrigation Renewal Project (NVIRP). As the founding employee of the project, he led a team to modernise the delivery system of the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District in northern Victoria - a 6500 kilometre channel network spanning from Yarrawonga to beyond Swan Hill. The project was recently recognised for its achievements in saving water through innovative water management at the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) 63rd International Executive Council meeting and the 7th Asian Regional Conference held in Adelaide. 

Having joined the workforce with the Queensland Irrigation and Water Supply Commission (now known as the Department of Natural Resources and Mines), Murray then established a strong association with regional farmers through work with Canegrowers, and subsequently joined Coleambally Irrigation Co-operative Limited (CICL) as CEO. At CICL, Murray implemented a strategic direction for the irrigation district which saw it set the world benchmark for water delivery efficiency and a range of other environmental performance outcomes.

GHD’s Global Market Leader Water Chris Hertle comments, “Having Murray on board with us means direct impact to our people and our clients. With so much experience, and documented recognition of the pioneering nature of his work, Murray further positions GHD to guide our clients towards improvements in water security and agricultural production systems in their local communities and more broadly in terms of food security.”

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