Two MIL chal­lengers

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - OUT & ABOUT - By ZOE MCMAUGH

Five peo­ple have nom­i­nated to fill three direc­tor va­can­cies on the Mur­ray Ir­ri­ga­tion Limited board of di­rec­tors.

Nom­i­na­tions were not of­fi­cially ac­cepted at the time of go­ing to print yes­ter­day, how­ever candidates in­clude two first-time direc­tor chal­lengers — Tocumwal’s Phil Snow­den and Fin­ley’s Waan­der van Beek.

They will be up against cur­rent chair Bruce Simp­son, James Sides and Tim McKind­lay whose four-year terms ex­pire at this year’s an­nual gen­eral meeting.

Mr Snow­den said with the next gen­er­a­tion of his fam­ily re­cently join­ing his farm­ing busi­ness he felt he had the time to ded­i­cate to a role on the board.

‘‘I am con­cerned about the di­rec­tion of the company, and my main fo­cus will be on get­ting a better un­der­stand­ing of where it is at.

‘‘There are a range of mat­ters within the company I feel are not com­ing through to the share­hold­ers.’’

Mr Snow­den has been grow­ing ir­ri­gated lucerne hay and dry­land hay and ce­re­als in the Tocumwal area for 27 years, and also has as­so­ci­a­tions with South­ern Grow­ers Inc and South­ern Rive­rina Ir­ri­ga­tors.

Mr van Beek and his fam­ily have farmed in the Fin­ley area for about 40 years, ini­tially in dairy and for the last 15 years mixed crop­ping and rice.

He said a new di­rec­tion for the company was also his rea­son for stand­ing.

‘‘I think I may be able to as­sist is help­ing to save wa­ter from leav­ing the district,’’ he said.

‘‘I think we need a fresh start and at­ti­tude in re­la­tion to man­age­ment of re­sources.’’

Mr McKind­lay, who has been a direc­tor since 2009 and is as­so­ci­ated with the Deni­boota ir­ri­ga­tion district, said he renom­i­nated to con­tinue the board’s good work in guid­ing the company into the fu­ture.

‘‘Like any busi­ness you’re in­volved in, the job is never com­pletely done.

‘‘I am still ex­cited about the space in which Mur­ray Ir­ri­ga­tion is op­er­at­ing, and the fu­ture ahead.’’

Mr Simp­son, who is com­ing to the end of his first term, said he be­lieves he has more to of­fer the company and its share­hold­ers.

‘‘I be­lieve I bring strength and sta­bil­ity to the board, and I want to en­sure the company con­tin­ues to drive a sharp fo­cus on run­ning an ef­fi­cient, re­li­able and cost ef­fi­cient wa­ter de­liv­ery busi­ness.

‘‘This is to en­sure cus­tomers and re­gional com­mu­ni­ties can con­tinue to be com­pet­i­tive in ac­cess of wa­ter.’’

Mr Sides, who has been on the board since Novem­ber 2013, could not be con­tacted for com­ment yes­ter­day. Mr Sides is also a can­di­date for the Ed­ward River Coun­cil elec­tion.

Those elected to the MIL board will start their term from the con­clu­sion of the AGM, to be held Novem­ber 16.

Other share­holder di­rec­tors on the seven per­son board are Mark Robert­son, Chris Brooks and John Brad­ford. Ben Bar­low is an in­de­pen­dent direc­tor and deputy chair.

The postal vote process will be man­aged by Cor­pVote — an in­de­pen­dent vot­ing and elec­toral ser­vice provider.

The Bal­lot Ad­min­is­tra­tor and Cor­pVote con­tact is Tim Jones, at nom­i­na­tions@cor­pvote.com.au or on 1300 428 082.

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