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Goul­burn-Mur­ray Wa­ter has ap­pointed its first fe­male man­ag­ing di­rec­tor.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion, based in Tatura which is re­spon­si­ble for de­liv­er­ing ir­ri­gation wa­ter, has an­nounced Char­maine Quick will be join­ing the cor­po­ra­tion in Fe­bru­ary.

Ms Quick lives in Shep­par­ton but works as an ex­ec­u­tive gen­eral man­ager of ser­vice de­liv­ery with Mel­bourne Wa­ter where she over­sees the de­liv­ery of wa­ter, sewage, wa­ter­ways and drainage ser­vices to Mel­bourne.

G-MW chair­man Diane James said it was ‘‘a truly ex­cit­ing ap­point­ment for our busi­ness’’.

‘‘The Min­is­ter for Wa­ter has set the key pri­or­ity for our busi­ness as trans­form­ing to a new model that im­proves op­er­a­tions, keeps wa­ter prices low for cus­tomers and ir­ri­ga­tors and sup­ports the fu­ture growth of the ir­ri­gation district across our re­gion.

‘‘Char­maine is the right per­son to lead this change.’’

Ms Quick’s ap­point­ment fol­lows the res­ig­na­tion of the for­mer man­ag­ing di­rec­tor af­ter a crit­i­cal Vic­to­rian Om­buds­man’s re­port, pub­lished last year. The chair also left the cor­po­ra­tion around the same time.

The wa­ter cor­po­ra­tion has had a suc­ces­sion of man­ag­ing di­rec­tors in re­cent years.

VFF Wa­ter Coun­cil chair­man Richard An­der­son said the ap­point­ment was promis­ing.

Ms James said Ms Quick was known for her abil­ity to in­flu­ence and drive change at or­gan­i­sa­tion level, na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally for as­set man­age­ment, re­la­tion­ship con­tract man­age­ment and also cus­tomer ser­vice.

She lists one of her key achieve­ments as driv­ing im­prove­ments in as­set man­age­ment at Mel­bourne Wa­ter through the de­vel­op­ment of its as­set strat­egy.

Ms Quick’s ex­pe­ri­ence in agri­cul­ture was gained grow­ing up on the fam­ily farm at No­rad­juha in the Wim­mera.

She is due to start work on Fe­bru­ary 4 so was not avail­able to an­swer ques­tions from The News.

Char­maine Quick

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