Sense of relief, says ‘Irrigators’
Many irrigators are feeling a ‘‘sense of relief’’ following Murray Irrigation Ltd’s announcement that the company’s entire Board will stand down later this month, according to Southern Riverina Irrigators chair Graeme Pyle.
Mr Pyle said the majority of the irrigators he represents were ‘‘upset’’ with the recent actions of the Board.
He said this included a letter sent to the company’s shareholders from MIL deputy chair Ben Barlow saying the Board did not endorse sitting director James Sides as a candidate in the recent director elections and then a vote of no confidence in Mr Sides and fellow director Chris Brooks.
The SRI chair said while there were some reservations to the changes to be made as a result of the Board’s decision to stand down, he added that ‘‘a fresh start’’ would be welcomed.
‘‘There is a sense of relief that we are now on the path to excellence, and I feel it’s not far to go now to achieving that,’’ Mr Pyle said.
‘‘We are all looking forward to that being achieved, whatever the Board’s make-up.
‘‘We must always strive for excellence and put up with nothing less.
‘‘There is quite a lot of intrigue and concern about the future (of MIL). If we face that together and mend our differences, we can mould a system that can and must achieve excellence as soon as possible.
‘‘The transition from the old Board to the new Board must be smooth, and it must be as efficient and quick as possible.’’
Mr Pyle did point out one aspect of Friday’s resignation announcement which he said was causing some angst among some SRI members.
The company has announced that all candidates for the MIL Board must be subjected to ‘‘rigorous assessment’’ by an independent company.
Mr Pyle said some shareholders had already taken exception at being ‘‘told how to vote’’ in the recent director elections, saying this proposed new system would be ‘‘polarising’’.
‘‘Shareholders believe they are capable of selecting who is best to represent them,’’ Mr Pyle said.
‘‘I fear this vetting process will also stop people from having a go at being elected.
‘‘I think the criteria for this selection process must be widely known.’’