Simp­son plans for the fu­ture

Southern Riverina news - - NSW Public Schools Education Week -

Get­ting ac­cess to avail­able wa­ter re­sources will be a key fo­cus for Mur­ray Ir­ri­ga­tion Ltd in the fu­ture, ac­cord­ing to MIL board can­di­date Bruce Simp­son.

And with that in mind, Mr Simp­son says he is well placed to play a role in the process.

As chair of the Mur­ray Group of Con­cerned Com­mu­ni­ties (MGCC), Mr Simp­son says he has fought valiantly for the re­gion’s ir­ri­ga­tors throughout the Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin Plan process.

It has been a tough po­lit­i­cal bat­tle, in which strate­gic think­ing has been re­quired.

In the fu­ture, with the Com­mon­wealth En­vi­ron­men­tal Wa­ter Holder (CEWH) own­ing huge amounts of this pre­cious re­source, Mr Simp­son said a sound, strate­gic ap­proach would again be needed.

‘‘MIL will need to ne­go­ti­ate with the CEWH and as such will need to build a re­la­tion­ship with that or­gan­i­sa­tion.

‘‘I be­lieve the ex­pe­ri­ence gained and con­tacts I have made as chair of MGCC can help MIL and its share­hold­ers.’’

Mr Simp­son said ex­plor­ing ways to se­cure ac­cess to wa­ter, es­pe­cially with more be­ing al­lo­cated to en­vi­ron­men­tal needs, will be a key fo­cus for MIL.

‘‘As an ir­ri­ga­tor and busi­ness­man I am well placed to work on be­half of MIL share­hold­ers to max­imise wa­ter ac­cess and de­liv­ery.

‘‘I have a sound knowl­edge of wa­ter man­age­ment de­vel­oped from over 36 years in the in­dus­try, in­clud­ing more than a decade as an agri­cul­tural ad­vi­sor build­ing on my knowl­edge of farm busi­nesses in the re­gion,’’ Mr Simp­son said.

‘‘I op­er­ate an ir­ri­ga­tion farm with my wife and two chil­dren and have a deep pas­sion for ir­ri­gated farm­ing in our re­gion.

‘‘I want to work with MIL to help se­cure our fu­ture,’’ he said.

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