New board member for Murrumbidgee Irrigation

MURRUMBIDGEE Irrigation (MI) has a new board member following the company's 15th annual general meeting.

Binya farmer Nayce Dalton has replaced Andrew Cameron as the B-class member director and Tony Sergi has been re-elected as an A-class member director for four more years.

Mr Dalton intended to focus on the core business of delivering water in the post-Murray Darling Basin Plan (MDBP) era and incorporating stakeholders in the vision.

"We are entering a new chapter going forward with less water and living with it," Mr Dalton said.

"When MI was originally privatised, they talked about it being a community corporation, with the focus on belonging to the people of the MIA, I want to change the 'them and us' mentality.

"My criticism is not a criticism of past boards or employees but a focus on the rough times they've been through and finding the best ways to get through it."

Mr Dalton has a number of ideas to improve the communication channels between MI and the water users.

"The delivery entitlement issues came about when the water rights and delivery rights were separated and that needs to be addressed," he said.

"I want to reinvigorate the shed meeting from years gone by, where small groups of shareholders got together in localities and board members would chat with them, providing more low key and honest communication.

"It is important to improve communications between the company and customers to stop the rumour mill and focus on the culture of the company, so shareholders, employees and customers can be very proud of the company."

MI chairman Gillian Kirkup praised Mr Dalton's experience in agricultural management.

"Nayce has been managing a successful medium farm business for 30 years and I welcome him to MI's board of directors," she said.

"I look forward to the contribution that he will make to MI over his four-year term."

MI shareholders also confirmed the reappointment of three independent directors, Leith Boully, Michael Nugent and Markeeta Gibson.

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