2021 AGM outcomes

Shareholders see benefits of modernised system

At Murrumbidgee Irrigation’s (MI) twenty third Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Leeton Soldiers Club on Monday afternoon retiring Chair, Nayce Dalton, highlighted the benefits of a modernised system.

Mr Dalton said that analysis of the information from MI’s modernised system would lead to both higher levels of service and greater savings on conveyance.

“I would like to acknowledge the MI team for accepting the challenge of operating a modernised system, understanding how to do things better and then embedding these improvements into the business,” he said.

Mr Dalton also reflected on the path that the organisation has taken over recent years. 

“I’ve seen a real shift in how we operate,” he said. 

“We now have modern and efficient infrastructure that is being used to respond to our customers changing needs.

“Strategic allocation of resources has seen us invest in further upgrades to our plant and infrastructure, and embark on projects such as Roaches Reservoir, and the finalisation of our automation. The completion of automation is a high priority of the Board, so that we can provide high level of service to all irrigators.”

When addressing shareholders MI Managing Director, Brett Jones, said it was pleasing to see MIA irrigators taking full advantage of the changed allocation conditions and doing what they do best, grow crops. 

“In 2020/21 were able to adjust to the improved allocations and delivered 749GL - more than double the previous year - and this year is shaping up to be even bigger,” he said. 

“It is a good reminder that our role at MI is to continually work to improve our systems and infrastructure so that we are prepared to meet our customers’ needs in a changing climate.  We need to be ready to ramp up and down with the seasons and our customers.”

Mr Jones said that a focus for MI in over the past year has been on using information and data along with driving innovation for continuous improvement.

“As we increase our understanding of automation and move to a fully modernised network, we are also capturing vast amounts of data,” he explained.

“Our challenge is how to use and turn data into information to support decision making.”

Mr Jones said MI is now stepping up efforts to further improve services with customer needs in mind.

“We are turning our attention toward ensuring our culture is a truly customer-centric one,” he said.

“The more we work together as customers, community, and company – the more we will make the MIA the area of choice for irrigated agriculture.”

In a changing of the guard, shareholders unanimously supported the appointment of two new Independent Directors, Lil Bianchi and Steve Whan, and welcomed two new Member Directors, Grant Delves and Hayley Sergi, while Hayden Cudmore is the new Chair, following Mr Dalton’s retirement from the Board.

Shareholders also approved several changes to the constitution.

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