Werribee Bacchus Marsh Customer Consultative Committee
The Werribee Bacchus Marsh Customer Consultative Committee (WBMCCC) is Southern Rural Water’s customer advisory group for the Werribee and Bacchus Marsh Irrigation Districts. It provides an open forum for raising and discussing issues relevant to customers and SRW’s Western Irrigation Business.
This committee meets every two months and is responsible for:
- Providing customer perspective on our Western Irrigation Business including our future plans, prices, investments,
budgets and performance indicators;
- Providing input into system and service improvements;
- Advising on tariff structures, pricing and billing;
- Advising on customer communications;
- Providing customers’ perspectives on key business issues.
Members are selected to ensure that a broad range of customer views are heard. Each member brings a wide range of experience which helps us respond to the changing needs of our customers. Committee member appointments are for four year terms, with the option to renominate at the end of the term. If you are interested in becoming a member or would like to have an issue discussed at a meeting, please contact us on 5139 3100.
Robyn Mullins – Chairperson WID
Robyn joined the committee in 2014. She represents Werribee Open Range Zoo which is one of SRW’s more diverse customers. Robyn has seen many changes to the Zoo and the Wyndham area over the years, and feels that the Werribee Zoo is a significant landmark within Wyndham and contributes to good business and environmental outcomes. Contact Robyn on 03 9731 9622 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Goodwin – Deputy Chairperson BMID
Ken is a past Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson, and has been a member of the WBMCC committee since 2003. Ken was also previously the President and Treasurer of the Bacchus Marsh Golf Club, whom he represents as a part of the committee. Ken hopes that through his involvement with the committee he can contribute to the development of strategies that will provide irrigators with a more reliable water supply. Contact Ken on 03 5367 6551.
Tom Elevato – Committee Member WID
Tom is a former Chairperson and has been a member of the committee since 2008. Tom has over 40 years’ experience of vegetable farming and has lived in Werribee and Werribee South most of that time. He has been involved in a number of community groups over the years, including the Werribee South Ratepayers and the Vegetable Growers Association, but is now concentrating on his own family farming enterprise in Werribee South. Contact Tom on 0417 367 455.
Odino Boratto – Committee Member BMID
Odino (Dino) has been a member of the committee for the last 10 years. He has over 35 years’ experience in vegetable farming, running the family business Boratto Farms across four sites on over 100 Ha. Dino joined the committee to represent and benefit the position of all irrigators within the Bacchus Marsh district and to ensure that the area remains productive in the production of fresh produce. Contact Dino on 0419 399 277.
Erin Peelman – Committee Member BMID
Erin joined the committee in 2016 and is relatively new to vegetable farming. She is currently working in a small family-run farming business in Bacchus Marsh that specialises in the production of beetroot, parsley, coriander, spring onions and seasonal produce like radish & silver beet. Erin would like to help create diversity on the committee by bringing a female perspective and to be a voice for the smaller growers in the region. Erin hopes to encourage more women to become involved in what happens on the farm and feel like they have someone that they can approach on the committee. Contact Erin on 0412 827 525
Nick Kusmanidis – Committee Member WID
Nick joined the committee in 2015. He is a concerned farmer who is interested in representing his fellow farmers’ interests related to water quality, quality of produce, keeping prices afford¬able and water security for the district. Nick has lived in the Werribee South district for over 50 years and grew up in the family vegetable farming business. He has been farming in the WID for most of that time. Contact Nick on 0419 341 801
Andrew Christou – Committee Member WID
Andrew joined the committee in 2014. He has lived in the Werribee irrigation district for 50 years, farming for over 30 years. Andrew joined the committee because he felt that the district needed some new customer representatives and a different voice. Contact Andrew on 0412 515 740
Nicholas Dellios – Committee Member BMID
Nicholas (Nick) is a third generation orchardist in Bacchus Marsh. His family business farms almost 500 acres in the Bacchus Marsh irrigation district. With over 30 years’ experience in grow¬ing
fruit and vegetables, Nick has a broad understanding of farming and the needs, requirements and expectations of other growers. Contact Nick on 0418 503 391
Tony Miletic – Committee Member WID
Tony is a Werribee South vegetable farmer running the family business for the past 15 years. He grew up on the family farm learning from his father, continually improving and building the business from modest 8ha farm, to become the large 30ha+ business it is today. The business has had to adapt to recycled water and improve infrastructure and investment to prosper through the difficult times of drought. Tony is very enthusiastic about the continued viability of the Werribee irrigation district. Contact Tony on 0438 421 746
Amedeo Mason – Committee Member WID
Amedeo (Amo) has been a member of the committee since 2012. He is a major partner of Mason Bros Property Pty Ltd, a large vegetable farming enterprise in Werribee South, and has worked with his father and brother to grow the business over the last 17 years. Amo is also a member of the Vegetable Growers Association (VGA) and the Victorian Farming Federation (VFF)His focus is on consistent im¬provement and continued growth of the business and the viability of the Werribee irrigation district. Contact Amo on 0402 127 120
Role of the Committee
This committee meets every 2 months and is responsible for:
- helping to shape and approve our Western Irrigation Business including our future plans, prices, investments, budgets and performance indicators
- providing input into system and service improvements
- helping to shape tariff structures, pricing and billing arrangements
- monitoring customer communication strategies and activities
- providing a customer’s perspective on key business issues
- assisting SRW improve relationships with our customers
- helping shape positive external stakeholder views on the Werribee and Bacchus Marsh Irrigation Districts
All WBMCCC members are selected to ensure that a broad range of customer views are heard. Each member brings a wide range of experience which helps us respond better to changing needs and concerns from our customers.
The WBMCCC provides a direct link between SRW and our customers, ensuring that we:
- remain responsive to customer needs
- can understand issues and possible solutions from the perspective of different groups
- involve the community in projects from the beginning ensuring its views are considered as part of the project
- have access to valuable community knowledge
- receive feedback about our customer service performance
- are advised about new or modified service requirements
- take into account the customer perspective in responding to external stakeholder concerns about the Werribee and Bacchus Marsh Irrigation Districts
If you are you interested in attending a meeting as an observer, become a member or would like to have an issue discussed at a meeting please contact us.
Meeting schedule for 2017
Meeting No. 114 – February 14
Meeting No. 115 – May 18
Meeting No. 116 – July 11
Meeting No. 117 – September 21
Meeting No. 119 – December 12