Cal­i­bre can­di­dates

Com­mu­nity lead­ers con­test MIL by-elec­tion

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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.

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