Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Balance is wrong says director

- Dear Editor, Yours etc. Waander Van Beek Finley

The Murray Irrigation Ltd election process has been interestin­g, to say the least.

When I successful­ly stood for the board in 2018 I knew it would be a steep learning curve as I became more familiar with the operations of the company and how it serves the shareholde­rs.

However, as I have unfortunat­ely discovered, at present MIL is not a company that puts its shareholde­rs ‘first and foremost’.

The current structure of the board has a balance that, in my view, does not prioritise the actions and advocacy that are required to maximise the water allocation for our region’s farmers, and I believe that is what the majority of shareholde­rs want from their board.

However, it will not take much for that balance to change, and this is why I am standing on a joint ticket with Lachlan Marshall in this MIL election.

I believe Lachlan and myself, with support from other like-minded shareholde­r directors, will have an opportunit­y to focus on returning reliable and affordable water to the NSW Murray.

I fully appreciate that this will not be easy to achieve. However, for the sake of our futures and those of our children and grandchild­ren, we cannot allow the present contractio­n of our resource to continue without putting up a fight.

I encourage shareholde­rs, when casting your votes, to give Lachlan and myself the support we need so we can work towards returning true shareholde­r representa­tion to the MIL board.

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