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G-MW chair resigns suddenly

By Geoff Adams

Mystery surrounds the suddent resignation of the chair of Goulburn-Murray Water, Jo Anderson.

Ms Anderson resigned from the authority yesterday,"effective immediately" without explanation.

Two years ago, G-MW lost its managing director, also suddenly, and without explanation.

The Minister, Lisa Neville, who appoints the chair, thanked Ms Anderson for her work over the past two years, but made no reference to the reason for the departure.

The resignation comes only six months after a new advisory panel was appointed to work with the board to provide it with extra expertise.  The panel also reported to the minister.
Ms Anderson, who has an extensive background in water authority governance, has been thanked for her work by managing director, Pat Lennon.
‘‘Jo came into the business about two years ago, during which time G-MW has recognised the need to face the challenges ahead of us in delivering affordable pricing for customers whilst ensuring GMW remains a sustainable business.''
‘Deputy chair, Pat McNamara, is expected to become acting chair.

Earlier this year an independent panel found that Goulburn-Murray Water was an organisation badly in need of change, and major reform was needed to ensure that it will be sustainable into the future.
The panel’s report,called for urgent ‘‘transformational change’’.
Water Minister, Lisa Neville, who commissioned the report, also outlined a plan to implement changes through a new panel of people reporting to her and to the board.
At the heart of the drive for change is the need to keep costs down so irrigators are not faced with excessive prices.
Declining water delivery due to climate change, the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and industry exits, means the corporation is generating less income, but still must support big assets.
The report noted the organisation had five managing directors and two interim managing directors over 10 years.