MIL to present reform changes

February 14, 2018

The chairman of Murray Irrigation will head up a series of nine meetings across the region this week to present the interim board’s proposals for constitutional change.

The proposed changes are being presented before being put to shareholders for approval at an Extraordinary General Meeting in March.

Murray Irrigation Chairman Phil Snowden said next week’s meetings have been organised in collaboration with local landholder associations and form part of the interim board’s ongoing program of reform.

‘‘We’ve made a conscious decision to continue to improve the company’s engagement with shareholders,’’ Mr Snowden said.

‘‘A key aim of next week’s sessions is to receive feedback on the proposed changes; many of which address the recommendations of the report commissioned by the previous board into governance.

‘‘The constitutional changes are primarily aimed at the makeup of the board and they’ll be critical as the company prepares for director elections in May.’’

As well as proposed constitutional change, other topics to be discussed next week include the processes and timelines leading to the appointment of a new board and the education of director candidates.

‘‘Directors will be present at each of these meetings and we look forward to our shareholders coming along to provide their feedback.’’

The meetings follow on from meetings with landholder representatives and industry to gather feedback considered critical to its program of ongoing reform and current company operations at the end of January.

The board met with RiceGrowers’ Association of Australia president Jeremy Morton, Alastair Starritt of Deniboota Landholders Association (LHA) and David May of Wakool LHA on January 25.

The board spent much of the previous day meeting with a cross section of Murray Irrigation customers in the Deniboota and Wakool districts, with an emphasis on the latest generation of farmers now operating within the footprint.

‘‘It’s not surprising that the priorities and commercial issues facing this group of farmers are cross-generational and reflect those of the interim board,’’ Mr Snowden said.

‘‘But these younger farmers are driven by their passion for on-farm productivity and securing water rather than the specific politics of water reform.

‘‘Notwithstanding their current level of interest in the strategic Murray Irrigation direction and water reform, the interim board has taken a conscious decision to continue to improve its engagement with newer shareholders as a matter of priority.’’

The nine meetings started yesterday with meetings in Pretty Pine, Moulamein and Wakool.

They continue today at Berrigan Football Club from 9.30am, Mayrung Hall from 2.30pm and Deniliquin Golf Club from 7pm.

Tomorrow, the 9.30am meeting will be at the Bunnaloo Hall, followed by the Jerilderie Library at 2.30pm and Finley Bowling Club at 7pm.

For more information, shareholders can call Murray Irrigation on 1300138265.

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