New faces as irrigation body finalises board

By Country News

Murray Irrigation has finalised its re-structured board, with Phil Snowden and Claire Filson elected as chair and deputy chair respectively.

This is in addition to farmers Ryan Gleeson, Noel Baxter and Steven Fawns, who were elected as member directors. Joining Ms Filson as independent directors are Patrick Largier and Don Marples.

Mr Snowden said the board finalisation signalled a new era in governance, board structure and stability for Australia’s largest private irrigation and environmental water delivery company.

‘‘It was critical that we recruited highly-skilled independent directors if the company was to define a new era in board performance,’’ Mr Snowden said.

‘‘I’m confident we’ve found that in the candidates who have been selected to join us.

‘‘They each bring a specific skill to the table, which will ensure Murray Irrigation is able to perform as a company and also promote the interests and prosperity of the region.’’

Waander Van Beek remained on the board, as did Mr Snowden.

MDBA chairman meets Murray Irrigation directors

Murray-Darling Basin Authority chairman Neil Andrew met with Murray Irrigation’s directors-elect at a working lunch in Deniliquin last month.

Mr Andrew was in the region as part of a tour to meet local organisations and discuss the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

His visit was timely given Murray Irrigation’s announcement that Ryan Gleeson, Noel Baxter and Steven Fawns had been elected member directors, joining chairman Phil Snowden and Waander Van Beek on a restructured board.

Mr Snowden said it was a fitting opportunity to meet with Mr Andrew.

‘‘The timing couldn’t have been better,’’ he said.

‘‘It was somewhat symbolic for the new board to meet with the person who is effectively leading the implementation of the basin plan.

‘‘Neil was able to provide an insight into basin matters and we appreciated the time he spent with us and his acknowledgement of a new era in governance and board structure for the company.’’