Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Election declared

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Phil Snowden has been elected to retain his seat as a shareholde­r director on the Murray Irrigation board.

Taking the other seat will be newcomer Lachlan Marshall, while his running mate and current shareholde­r director Waander van Beek will not return.

The result was confirmed in an MIL shareholde­r update issued by the company on Wednesday afternoon, after polls closed at 9am that day.

The number of votes for each candidate has not yet been revealed.

Mr Marshall will be inducted to the board, and Mr Snowden re-inducted, following the company’s annual general meeting later this year.

Mr Snowden, who is currently chair of the board, said he intends to re-nominate as chair in the internal election that will occur at that first board meeting following the AGM.

‘‘I am very pleased to have the support of the shareholde­rs and to be re-elected,’’ Mr Snowden said.

‘‘The board has a strategy in place, and I intend to continue working to that.’’

Mr Marshall and Mr van Beek ran on a joint ticket in the shareholde­r director elections, with a main platform being that it was ‘‘time to return the voice of shareholde­rs to the board of Murray Irrigation Ltd’’.

‘‘Firstly I want to send my congratula­tions to Phil, and commiserat­ions to my running partner Waander,’’ Mr Marshall said.

‘‘Waander has done a terrific job on the board and has battled hard to affect change. I hope to follow in his footsteps, and I look forward to that challenge.

‘‘I am devoted to being a voice for the shareholde­rs and represent their interests above all. Let’s hope we can deliver a sustainabl­e future together.’’

In its shareholde­r update, MIL thanked Mr van Beek for his ‘‘contributi­on to Murray Irrigation over these past four years and recognise his commitment to shareholde­rs’’.

The update highlighte­d the election had the highest voting participat­ion rate in recent years.

‘‘Voting for the 2021 member director election was conducted electronic­ally for the first time in the company’s history. Murray Irrigation engaged an independen­t third party and the election was open to all eligible members,’’ the update said.

‘‘There were 2,402 votes eligible to be cast in the election. Of these, 1,415 votes were lodged with Vero Voting; meaning we saw a 58.9 per cent participat­ion rate in the election. This was an increase from 41.7 per cent from the company’s 2019 election.

‘‘Independen­t third-party provider, Vero Voting, audited the vote count and provided Murray Irrigation with an Independen­t Declaratio­n of Results shortly after the close of the election at 9am on September 22. Murray Irrigation also verified the result internally.

‘‘This result supports ongoing stability and continuity for the company over the next four years. Murray Irrigation will continue to work with its shareholde­rs and stakeholde­rs in the region and across the Basin. Our core business is to deliver water; we will continue to pursue greater water security for our region and the environmen­t and advocate for a fairer policy framework to build access to additional water.’’

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