New chief faces chal­lenge

MS QUICK’S LO­CAL KNOWL­EDGE (SHE HAS LIVED HERE FOR MANY YEARS) WILL BE MIGHT­ILY USE­FUL IN AD­DRESS­ING THE CHAL­LENGES FAC­ING THE WA­TER COR­PO­RA­TION.

Shepparton News - - OPINION -

It may come as a sur­prise to Goul­burn Val­ley com­mu­ni­ties that a new man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for the trou­bled Goul­burn-Mur­ray Wa­ter has been found liv­ing in Shep­par­ton.

Char­maine Quick, ap­pointed yes­ter­day to head the wa­ter cor­po­ra­tion, comes with im­pres­sive cre­den­tials; well ed­u­cated, trav­elled, ex­pe­ri­enced and recog­nised among her peers.

The News also un­der­stands that she has been ‘‘do­ing her home­work’’ in re­search­ing the is­sues fac­ing farm ir­ri­ga­tors prior to her ap­point­ment.

While her gen­der should be only of pass­ing in­ter­est it is still note­wor­thy that she has been suc­cess­ful in a his­tor­i­cally male­dom­i­nated in­dus­try.

She was counted among the top 50 women in the Vic­to­rian pub­lic sec­tor in a study of ex­cep­tional fe­male lead­ers.

These are en­cour­ag­ing por­tents for lead­er­ship of an or­gan­i­sa­tion which has un­der­gone govern­ing up­heaval in re­cent years, leav­ing some ma­jor chal­lenges only half-done.

She will be join­ing an or­gan­i­sa­tion weary of the lead­er­ship changes and per­haps a lit­tle wary of new­com­ers, so it may take some time for her to es­tab­lish her­self and win trust to en­able her to in­tro­duce change. And change is re­quired. Ir­ri­ga­tors are look­ing for a leaner or­gan­i­sa­tion which can ac­count for all charges which they have to pay, and which will al­low them to sus­tain and grow modern, ef­fi­cient farms.

We hope she and the rel­a­tively new chair will also take a close look at whether the or­gan­i­sa­tion needs to be re­struc­tured to bet­ter ref lect its re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to ir­ri­ga­tors, the Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin, the state and other stake­hold­ers.

The cor­po­ra­tion has be­come a multi-faceted or­gan­ism.

G-MW is car­ry­ing out func­tions for a range of other bod­ies and agen­cies which may or may not be bear­ing the ac­tual costs.

Ms Quick’s lo­cal knowl­edge (she has lived here for many years) will be might­ily use­ful in ad­dress­ing the chal­lenges fac­ing the wa­ter cor­po­ra­tion.

We hope we can look for­ward to a more stable gov­er­nance struc­ture while the board and man­age­ment de­velop a more ef­fi­cient body.

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