Local irrigators have accepted an offer to transition the St George distribution scheme to local management. The offer was negotiated on behalf of irrigators by a transition board. Members of the board include:
Chair and Independent Director
Luke is a finance specialist and analyst with extensive experience in the water industry and management of agribusiness operations. Currently Chief Operating Operator at Balonne Plains Pty Ltd, he has expertise in management, leadership, planning negotiations, finance and farming practices including irrigation. As a CPA qualified accountant in both Brisbane and London, Luke gained corporate experience and skills in business optimisation, systems, reporting and stakeholder engagement. He is committed to seeking an option for St George that allows customers of the scheme to more closely align the distribution business to their needs. Luke was chair of the Stage 2 LMA Board and has been a Board member since June 2013.
A second generation St George irrigator, Scott expanded and consolidated his family farming business to a geographically diverse, multi-faceted operation at the same time as forging a new strategic direction as part of a succession plan. Currently the proprietor of Sharmarel Farming, Scott has developed a sound mix of irrigation practices in addition to water source and management systems and is aware of the water reform agenda of the past 20 years. He is committed to the St George community, serving the St George Cotton Growers Association and the St George Chaplaincy Committee. Scott participated in the first stage of the LMA project and was Stage 2 Chair of the LMA Board, until September 2013.
Glen has more than 30 years’ experience in the management of irrigated cropping enterprises, having been a partner in the ownership and management of up to six farming properties at one time. Currently, he and his wife own and operate two properties in the irrigation area. He has extensive knowledge of irrigated crops and water resource management in both drought and non-drought periods. He is currently the director of ASX-listed company Namoi Cotton Ltd, one of Australia’s leading cotton processing and marketing organisations, and has served on its risk committee since 2013. Glen has held management roles within several community and industry based groups, including as a member of Australian Cotton Growers Research Association (ACGRA), Chairman and Secretary of the Mungindi Cotton Growers and Water Users Association and as a committee member on the Border Rivers Food and Fibre Association.
David is Director of Moonrocks Australia, a family-owned company growing cotton and supplying fresh and processed products to the Australian market. He has more than 30 years’ experience and knowledge of all aspects of irrigation management and 15 years’ experience establishing and managing companies while in senior executive and Board positions. He is currently a director on the Board of Horticulture and Innovation Australia. David considers water to be the lifeblood of the region and wants to ensure the ongoing sustainability of St George and its surrounding community. He was a director on the Stage 2 St George LMA Board.
As a former partner in law firm Minter Ellison’s major projects group in Brisbane, Ross has acted in the delivery of large infrastructure projects, providing specialist and strategic advice on the interface of commercial and construction issues. During his legal career he has advised government in commercial aspects of infrastructure, mining and resource projects (including drafting of appropriate documentation), provided strategic advice in the utilities sector, including regulatory issues, and has advised boards of Government Owned Corporations and state-owned companies on issues associated with the conduct of business, risk, corporate reconstruction and stakeholder relations. An experienced board director, he has served as director of the Queensland Bulk Water Authority and LinkWater Projects Pty Ltd, the Advisory Board of Mission Australia and the Minter Ellison International Board.