Former Murray Shire general manager Greg Murdoch has been named on the Queen’s Birthday honours list.RENEE THOMPSON June 11, 2014 9:16am
Former Murray Shire general manager Greg Murdoch has been named on the Queen’s Birthday honours list for his public service to Murray Shire.
Mr Murdoch has received a Public Service Medal for NSW for his ‘‘outstanding public service to local government, particularly to the Murray Shire Council’’.
In the listing, he is acknowledged for his 37-year career in local government, his contribution to communities in the shire and being one of the longest-serving general managers in NSW
‘‘Highly respected at a state and national level within the local government sector, Mr Murdoch is a mentor to many council office employees,’’ the listing reads.
‘‘His passion for his community, his unwavering work ethic and his intimate knowledge of the workings of local government have led him to become one of the most accomplished local government managers in NSW.’’
Mr Murdoch and his wife Megan have been enjoying retirement following his departure from the shire in February.
Speaking to the Riv via email while en route to New York, Mr Murdoch yesterday said making the list was a surprise and ‘‘a fantastic honour’’.
‘‘However this award is to be shared by my family who have been part of my team who have made many sacrifices along the way,’’ he said.
‘‘Local government is also a family environment whether it be at a local council, regional, state, national or international level.
‘‘I have been very fortunate to have been able to develop fantastic relationships at all levels that have benefited not only my career, but also my communities.’’
Mr Murdoch said he continued to have huge respect for the shire staff and their pride in working for their community.
‘‘I hope it will be a stand-alone council regarded as a leader in the region for co-operating with its neighbours, in an environment of professionalism, highly regarded by its community for delivering cost-effective services and continuing to grow in a responsible and ordered manner,’’ he said.
He said some of the projects he was particularly proud of during his tenure included the establishment of the Southern Cross Aged Care facility, the Great Mathoura Land Giveaway, the development of the Moama Anglican Grammar School and delivering natural gas to Moama.
In 1993, Mr Murdoch recognised an opportunity to advance Murray Shire when natural gas was being installed in Echuca and worked to convince the gas company to extend the natural gas to Moama.
Murray Shire mayor Tom Weyrich said the recognition was well deserved and Mr Murdoch had left the shire in a better state than when he joined it.
‘‘Greg always worked tirelessly for Murray Shire, (he was) a very good operator and held in extremely high regard in NSW government circles,’’ he said.
‘‘(He is) one of the reasons Murray Shire is in such great shape.’’
After months of speculation, Yarrawonga’s Alan Williams has been endorsed as the Labor candidate for Murray contesting the July 2 Federal Election.
Three Yarrawonga footballers have excelled at interleague level, representing the Ovens and Murray against Hampden in Warrnambool on Saturday.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
Fletcher and Beau Harris might have only taken up go kart racing two years ago but they’re already showing the potential for future success.
CONSTRUCTION of Rochester’s gym is well into the swing of things, with concrete walls erected early last week.
Kyabram Football Club will host a family day next weekend.
Where there’s a Will, there’s a way
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
RENEWAL works have resumed on the Coliban Main Channel this month.
For most 10-year-olds, mischievous isn’t a word often found in their vocabulary, let alone having the ability to spell it correctly. But for Cobram Anglican Grammar Year 5 student Cadence Pang, it’s all in a day’s work.
Plans for the release of a carp herpes virus has captured the attention of international press.
Farmers from northern Victoria will join a protest rally over milk prices in Melbourne tomorrow, Wednesday.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.