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Our Board

Southern Rural Water has eight board members, including the Managing Director and seven non-executive directors. The chairman and non-executive directors are appointed by the Minister for Water; the Managing Director is appointed by the board. Our directors are:
Our Board

Ms Diane James AM

Chairman

Diane James AM is a business consultant, leadership coach and company director. Her career includes establishing two start-up companies and serving on numerous State and National boards. She is also Chairman of Goulburn Murray Water and a former director of Barwon Water. Diane was a founding director of GenU, a national disability, ageing and lifestyle services organisation and was Chairman of the Victorian Coastal Council for 12 years. In recognition of her contribution to the environment and natural resource management, Diane was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2011. She is an accredited leadership coach, holds a Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She was appointed to the board on 1 October 2015.

Mr Terry Swingler

Deputy Chairman

Mr Swingler has vast experience in the water industry having held senior roles as Yarra Valley Water’s General Manager Finance and Company Secretary (1995-2012) and Corporate Secretary with Melbourne Water (1986-1995). He has also been a Director of Equipsuper Pty Ltd (2012-2016) and the Victorian Government’s nominated Director on the Joint Government Enterprise Ltd (trading as Water for Rivers) (2012- 2015). Mr Swingler has a Diploma of Business (Accounting) and is a Fellow of CPA Australia, Governance Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mr Swingler was appointed to the board on 1 October 2013.

Ms Naomi Cleary

Director

Ms Cleary has extensive experience in the property sector. She is the former Chief Financial Officer of the Elmstone Property Group, and a current director of SANB Valhalla, a property investment vehicle. Ms Cleary is a director of Sport Climbing Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ms Cleary was appointed to the board on 1 October 2015.

Mr Angus Hume

Director Mr Hume holds qualifications in education and company directorship. He is Chairman of the Victorian Catchment Management Council, and formerly Co-chairman of the Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee and Chair of the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA). Mr Hume has a strong understanding of natural resource management through his experience with dairy farming, with the Department of Primary Industries, and as a past CEO of WGCMA. He is also a past board member of the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and inaugural Chair of AFL Commission, Gippsland.

Ms Peta Maddy

Director Ms Maddy has a background in water engineering and management including her current role as an associate at the consulting firm Aither.  She is a past President of the Victorian branch of the Australian Water Association and comes to SRW from Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water where she was director for the past two years and chaired its Water Resources Committee. She has been chairing the interdepartmental reference group for the Victorian Rural Drainage Strategy and is currently a member of the Victorian Catchment Management Council. Ms Maddy has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, a Bachelor of Science (Pharmacology and Toxicology) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Michael Malouf

Director

Mr Malouf is the CEO of VicRoads, a director of Malouf Management Services Pty Ltd and is a Sessional Member at Planning Panels Victoria. He is also the chair of the Kardinia Park Stadium and is a director at Western Victoria Primary Health Network. During his career, he has held CEO positions at Melbourne, Geelong and Wyndham City Councils, was the CEO of the Carlton Football Club, held executive roles for Pratt Holdings and more recently was the Managing Director at Barwon Water. He has a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Civil Engineering and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Institution of Engineers and the IPAA. He was appointed to the board on 1 October 2015.

Mrs Naomi Pye

Director

Mrs Pye is a dairy farmer at Bessiebelle. She is a director of the Gardiner Dairy Foundation (appointed 2016) and was a director of the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority (2006 – 2011) and has previously held board and committee roles with the Victorian Farmers Federation (1999 – 2007), WestVic Dairy Project Steering Committee (2000 – 2006) and Australian Dairy Farmers (2005 – 2006). Prior to her appointment to the board of Southern Rural Water, she was a member of the Southern Groundwater and  Rivers Forum, a customer consultative committee of SRW. Mrs Pye has a Diploma of Teaching and an Advanced Diploma of Agriculture; she is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mrs Pye was appointed to the board on 1 October 2011.

 

Mr Clinton Rodda

Managing Director

Mr Rodda joined Southern Rural Water in 2005 after spending 17 years in the utilities sector and 10 years in management consulting. He has previously held senior management roles with Energy Brix and Eastern Area Power Grid, and has worked nationally and internationally as a consultant. He holds a Bachelor of Business, a Master of Business Administration, and a Diploma in Ontological Coaching and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mr Rodda was appointed Managing Director on 4 July 2009 and reappointed in March 2014 for a further five years effective from July 2014.
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WaterMatch - online trading

Watermatch is a free online service, designed to help people trade water.

Once you have registered, you can advertise to buy or sell water.

Depending on the water that you wish to trade, choose from the Groundwater, Surface Water (rivers and creeks) and Irrigation District forum.

Select a new topic to create your ad. Your ad can be to buy or sell water, and must describe the source of your water, quantity of water you want to buy or sell, how long you want to trade for and your contact details. If you are happy to put a buying or selling price, this can be included here too.

If you want to respond to an ad, you can use the email link or contact the advertiser direct.

It is an online trading forum, and can also be used by people who are not on the internet, with help from our staff.

Watermatch allows you to register your interest in either buying or selling water in southern Victoria.

  • the Macalister, Werribee and Bacchus Marsh Irrigation District
  • Groundwater systems in southern Victoria
  • Rivers and creek systems in southern Victoria (other than those managed by Melbourne Water around the Port Phillip region).

Who can use it?
Anyone can use watermatch. You may be an existing licence holder who wants to sell water, or buy more water.

You may not currently have a licence, but you want to buy water in the region.

How does it work?

  • click here to enter Watermatch
  • register as a user (a very simple process)
  • go to the system or district you are interested in and check current entries
  • add in any entry for any water you want to sell or buy

What information should I include in my ad?

  • If you are wanting to buy or sell
  • your name
  • phone number
  • name of river, creek, groundwater management area or irrigation district
  • how much water is to be traded
  • If the trade is temporary or permanent
  • term of the trade (Maximum term is 5 years)

Things you need to know
We are always looking for ways to improve our customer service. If you would like to provide feedack or suggested improvements please click here.

it's important to note that Southern Rural Water is not acting, and will not act, as a water broker.

We cannot advise you on price of water or match you individually with a buyer/seller.

Buyers and sellers still need to go through our normal application process.

Trading applications must be submitted to Southern Rural Water and approval granted before water is taken. A water transfer application form can be downloaded from our application page.

If you want to trade upstream, please speak with one of our Assessment Officers prior to submitting an application.

To check if a buyer or seller can trade with you, call us on 1300 139 510 and ask to speak to an Assessment Officer.

Not a water broker

It's important to note that Southern Rural Water is not acting, and will not act, as a water broker.

We cannot advise you on price of water or match you individually with a buyer/seller.

Buyers and sellers still need to go through our normal application process.

Click here to download our Fact Sheet

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