New faces on MI Board
There will be a different look to the next Murrumbidgee Irrigation (MI) Board meeting, with local broad acre farmer Hayden Cudmore, taking the reins as Chair, and a number of other directors at the table for the first time.
Mr Cudmore said he was looking forward to working with the new Board and the MI team to ensure that every drop of water is delivered in the best way possible.
“Looking to the future, it is clear that the more we work together as customers, community, and company – the more we will continue to make the MIA the area of choice for irrigated agriculture,” he said.
At the AGM earlier this month, 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.
The Delves family have been farming in the MIA for over 100 years producing citrus, grapes, prunes, rice, and wheat crops as well as cattle. Grant has been actively involved with the Australian Prune Industry Association for many years, formerly as its Chair and currently as a member of the executive.
“Contributing to the community has always been valued by my family and is certainly important to me,” Mr Delves said.
“I believe in this region and I am passionate about its agricultural future.”
Hayley owns and manages an irrigated farming business with her husband, producing rice, cotton, grain and sheep. She was also a pharmacist for 18 years.
Ms Sergi said the future of water and its certainty has never been of greater importance than it is today.
“I’m passionate about science and technologies and how they can enable sustainable economic growth and development of our irrigation area. The MIA is regarded as a major engineering achievement which has enabled our communities to thrive, and I want to make sure it continues to do so.”
Steve has most recently been CEO of the National Irrigators’ Council. He is an experienced director within the superannuation sector, and has deep government experience, with 12 years in NSW Parliament, two of those as Minister for Primary Industries and four as Shadow Minister.
“There are two ways to address big challenges, one is to sit back and complain and hope it goes away and the other is to take the approach that, although hard, you will make the most of what you have to meet the challenge,” said Mr Whan.
“MI addresses challenges around water in a very positive way, and I would like to be a part of that.”
Lil has extensive Board experience which includes merino growers’ block chain, micropayments system and microelectronics, and a strong background in technology including six years as CEO of a data analytics product company.
“I am very interested in helping regional production and productivity,” she said.
“I see it as very important to address challenges positively and MI has shown it is up for that challenge, and I would like the opportunity to assist. I have a high degree of confidence that the MI Board is highly competent and has a track record of dealing well with complex challenges.”