About Austin

Austin has proven track record of serving the community and solving their problems and has a wealth of knowledge regarding the Murray Electorate, its industries, groups and departments. 

Austin grew up in the region on a dry land sheep and wheat farm and attended primary school in Matong and high school in Narrandera.

After finishing school Austin studied engineering before working for what is now SunWater based in Ayr where he managed projects throughout the irrigation regions of Queensland.

In 2000, he moved back to the Riverina and joined the Kondinin Group running a project on tillage equipment for the GRDC and in 2003 started his own small business. 

Austin's career experience also includes 12 years with Coleambally Irrigation. This experience provided him with an exceptional understanding of the the Murray Darling Basin Plan, its priorities and issues. 

Austin has a strong passion for community development, having served as a Councillor with the former Murrumbidgee Shire Council from 2008-2016, including three years as Mayor. He fought tirelessly against amalgamations and secured a better deal for his local community with the Shire merging with Jerilderie Shire, rather than Griffith City as originally proposed, to form the Murrumbidgee Council. 

Previously Austin has also worked in various farm, labouring and communications jobs across the Riverina and Queensland, as an Assistant Tourist Officer in Narrandera and in West Wyalong for the Uniting Church as a scripture teacher and youth worker. 

Austin is married to Demelza, who grew up on a dairy farm at Finley and studied nursing at CSU in Wagga. Together they have four boys, aged from 8 to 18 - all attending Coleambally Central School.

He is committed to the Riverina and was elected as the Member for Murray at a by-election after the retirement of long-serving member Adrian Piccoli. 


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