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.’’
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