Two MIL challengers

September 10, 2017

Five people have nominated to fill three director vacancies on the Murray Irrigation Limited board of directors.

Nominations were not officially accepted at the time of going to print yesterday, however candidates include two first-time director challengers — Tocumwal’s Phil Snowden and Finley’s Waander van Beek.

They will be up against current chair Bruce Simpson, James Sides and Tim McKindlay whose four-year terms expire at this year’s annual general meeting.

Mr Snowden said with the next generation of his family recently joining his farming business he felt he had the time to dedicate to a role on the board.

‘‘I am concerned about the direction of the company, and my main focus will be on getting a better understanding of where it is at.

‘‘There are a range of matters within the company I feel are not coming through to the shareholders.’’

Mr Snowden has been growing irrigated lucerne hay and dryland hay and cereals in the Tocumwal area for 27 years, and also has associations with Southern Growers Inc and Southern Riverina Irrigators.

Mr van Beek and his family have farmed in the Finley area for about 40 years, initially in dairy and for the last 15 years mixed cropping and rice.

He said a new direction for the company was also his reason for standing.

‘‘I think I may be able to assist is helping to save water from leaving the district,’’ he said.

‘‘I think we need a fresh start and attitude in relation to management of resources.’’

Mr McKindlay, who has been a director since 2009 and is associated with the Deniboota irrigation district, said he re-nominated to continue the board’s good work in guiding the company into the future.

‘‘Like any business you’re involved in, the job is never completely done.

‘‘I am still excited about the space in which Murray Irrigation is operating, and the future ahead.’’

Mr Simpson, who is coming to the end of his first term, said he believes he has more to offer the company and its shareholders.

‘‘I believe I bring strength and stability to the board, and I want to ensure the company continues to drive a sharp focus on running an efficient, reliable and cost efficient water delivery business.

‘‘This is to ensure customers and regional communities can continue to be competitive in access of water.’’

Mr Sides, who has been on the board since November 2013, could not be contacted for comment yesterday. Mr Sides is also a candidate for the Edward River Council election.

Those elected to the MIL board will start their term from the conclusion of the AGM, to be held November 16.

Other shareholder directors on the seven person board are Mark Robertson, Chris Brooks and John Bradford. Ben Barlow is an independent director and deputy chair.

The postal vote process will be managed by CorpVote — an independent voting and electoral service provider.

The Ballot Administrator and CorpVote contact is Tim Jones, at [email protected] or on 1300428082.

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