Yarrawonga Chronicle

Fiona Hart leaves Riverine Plains with life membership

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After 18 years of dedicated service, Riverine Plains have farewelled Chief Operating Officer, Fiona Hart, who is moving on from the organisati­on to pursue a new career opportunit­y.

In honour and recognitio­n of the significan­t role Fiona has played within the organisati­on, and the community more broadly, Fiona has been awarded a Riverine Plains Life Membership – the first ever presented by the group.

Riverine Plains Chairman, Ian Trevethan, explained that Fiona Hart’s name has become inexorably linked with Riverine Plains and her departure marks the end of an era.

“I’d like to acknowledg­e and thank Fiona for the huge contributi­on she’s made to the organisati­on over such an extended length of time,” Ian said.

“Over the past 18 years, Fiona’s high personal morals and values have become embedded in the culture of Riverine Plains and are a big reason that the group enjoys the respect that it does.” Riverine Plains was establishe­d in 1999 to improve the flow of agricultur­al research and other informatio­n across the southern NSW and north-east Victorian border region and Fiona was originally employed in 2003 to help manage the group’s activities and develop its scope as a farming systems group.

As the group grew, so did her role, which evolved from Administra­tor to Executive Officer and then to Chief Operating Officer.

Through Fiona’s leadership, along with the direction provided by successive committees and staff, Riverine Plains has developed into the organisati­on it is today.

Fiona’s calm influence, her thoroughne­ss and attention to detail has helped the group deliver innumerabl­e field days, study tours, seminars, research and extension projects and skills based courses over the years, as well as the establishm­ent of a scholarshi­p program to support local tertiary students in agricultur­e.

Fiona Hart said that she has thoroughly enjoyed her time with Riverine Plains as it is a unique organisati­on, with a rich history, wonderful people and a vibrant future.

“It would be impossible to thank everyone that I’ve worked with over the years, however I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the members, past committee members, current board members, staff, sponsors, researcher­s, project partners and associates with which I’ve had the honour of working,” she said.

“I’d like to especially thank the group’s past Chairmen David Cook, Adam Inchbold, Andrew Russell, Evan Ryan, John Bruce and current Chairman, Ian Trevethan, for their leadership and contributi­ons to the organisati­on.

“Riverine Plains has an exciting future ahead and I look forward to keeping in touch with the group’s successes.”

Ian Trevethan said that Fiona’s gentle and caring nature will be greatly missed by the staff, the board, members and partners alike.

“I’d like to congratula­te Fiona on her new role with the CFA and look forward to her ongoing involvemen­t in the group through her Life Membership,” concluded Ian.

 ?? ?? Riverine Plains Chairman Ian Trevethan presents Fiona Hart with a Riverine Plains Life Membership.
Riverine Plains Chairman Ian Trevethan presents Fiona Hart with a Riverine Plains Life Membership.

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