Community leaders contest MIL by-election
Three high profile candidates will contest the Murray Irrigation Limited by-election in July.
Tocumwal farmer Ted Hatty and Bruce Simpson and James Sides both from Deniliquin have put their hands up.
The by-election — expected to be declared in early August — was called following the resignation of founding chair Stewart Ellis in mid-May.
Each of the high-profile candidates offer a wealth of experience in the rural sector, and each play their own leading role within vital irrigation and community groups.
Mr Simpson is chair of the Murray Group of Concerned Communities, Mr Sides is president of the West Berriquin Landholders and Mr Hatty is chair of Southern Riverina Irrigators.
Murray Irrigation chair Noel Graham said all three candidates have strengths the board could utilise.
‘‘The calibre of the candidates is excellent,’’ he said.
‘‘We have three guys who have spent a lot of time and energy representing their communities and the constituents of their respective organisations.
‘‘Any one of them will bring something to the table and all have been active with Murray Irrigation already.’’
Mr Simpson is a first time nominee for the MIL board, and said he is standing to help bring some security to the industry.
‘‘I have a great deal of interest in water, and in MIL being a strong company.
‘‘I think I would bring a broad perspective to the board and I have a strong interest in wanting to ensure the cost efficient delivery of water and building knowledge about how to secure access to water.’’
Mr Sides is a licensed rural real estate agent and water broker based in Deniliquin.
He says he has the energy, drive and determination to represent all shareholders on the Murray Irrigation Limited Board of Directors.
‘‘I am self-employed running a successful real estate business and own two farms in the West Berriquin Irrigation District.
‘‘I’m fully aware how important water is as a property right and a financial asset.
‘‘My regular dealings with accountants, financial advisors, solicitors and other professionals gives me a clear insight into current internal and external market forces and how they impact on your irrigation business.’’
This is the second time Mr Sides has nominated for the MIL Board.
Having worked alongside the company for many years, Mr Hatty believes he would be a valuable asset to the company.
‘‘I have worked alongside MIL with SRI, and have also lobbied the company.
‘‘I think there is a host of exciting things coming up for MIL and I am in a good position to understand the importance of the company and step into the role quickly.’’
If elected in August, Mr Hatty said he would stand down as SRI chair to focus on the MIL role.