Meet our board members

 Picture of Presiding Member Di Davidson

Di Davidson

Presiding member, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board

 

 Board profile - Peter Duggin
 

Peter Duggin

Board member, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board

Peter Duggin is a winegrape grower based in Renmark where he grew up on his parents’ property as a third generation irrigator. He is the current chair of the Renmark Irrigation Trust Board, a position he has held for the last seven years. This has led to numerous other commitments in the Riverland and in the irrigation and vine industry.

  • South Australian Board Representative of the National Irrigators Council
  • Deputy Chair of Riverland Vine Improvement
  • Chair of SEE Renmark 2024
  • Member of SAMI 
Liz Frankel

Liz Frankel

Board member, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board

A visual artist and creative writer, Liz operates an art studio/gallery on the banks of the River Murray in the Riverland. Liz and her husband create kiln-fired glass artwork, and Liz writes children’s books that promote a healthy environment. Liz believes the arts can be utilised as a powerful driver for positive cultural change, and aims to create community driven improvement in conservation of our natural assets, and to ultimately have thriving regional communities with sustainable environmental outcomes.

Liz is particularly interested in working to preserve the River Murray and is passionate about nature based tourism and regional revelopment. Liz has served as a CSIRO Energy Mark Community Climate-Change Convener, a Board Member of Country Arts SA, a MDB Healthy Rivers Ambassador, and is a Director on the Board of their Regional Tourism Organisation, Destination Riverland. She has been named a Nature Foundation SA-Water for Nature Champion and received a Landcare Award for her wetland volunteer work. Liz has won various Arts/Literacy awards.  

 Lian Jaensch Board Member

Dr Lian Jaensch

Lian’s career started out in STEM working in plant cell physiology before finding a role with Quality Assurance systems and a fortuitous introduction to the wine industry. That was more than 15 years ago having taken on the role as Executive Officer for the Langhorne Creek wine region’s grape grower and winemaker association (Langhorne Creek Grape and Wine Inc.).

During the millennium drought Lian was an industry representative to the drought liaison group, is a past contributor to the water allocation planning process for the Angas-Bremer Water Management Area, has been involved in community consultation for the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

With a rural upbringing, having grown up on a dairy farm at Bull Creek/Paris Creek, South Australia, Lian still enjoys the farming life on a small holding at Langhorne Creek.

Board profile - Owen Love

Owen Love

Board member, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board

Mr Love made his career in theatre and the arts as a playwright and toured Australia with his  own play for eight years. Raised on 160 acres belonging to his grandfather on the banks of Lake Alexandrina, Mr Love’s formative years were all about soil, land, plants, animals and water.

Having grown up in Wellington, Mr Love has a solid understanding of the way the entire river system operates: the wildlife, flora, the overlapping of land, water, community, and the changes impacting on them.

Mr Love runs workshops in schools for students and teachers in the art of storytelling. Communication and sharing stories is critical in understanding and describing the natural world to children who live in the suburbs and are unfamiliar with the larger system.