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Two new members and a new Chairman have been appointed to Southern Rural Water’s Board.

Current Deputy Chairman, Diane James AM will become Chairman on 1 October 2017. Ms James has been a SRW director for two years and has a background in business ownership and development.  A former chair of the Victorian Coastal Council, she has extensive board experience and has been recently appointed to a new government Task Force to streamline governance arrangements for the Great Ocean Road.

Ms James replaces long-standing Chairman and board member Terry Burgi OAM, who has served the organisation for 13 years as a director, the last six years as Chairman.

SRW Managing Director Clinton Rodda said Mr Burgi had made a significant contribution to SRW and was leaving the organisation well placed for continued success.

Mr Rodda congratulated Ms James and those board directors who had been reappointed, and welcomed the two new directors, Peta Maddy and Angus Hume.

Ms Maddy has a background in water engineering, strategic consulting and performance management. She is a past President of the Victorian branch of the Australian Water Association and comes to SRW from Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water. She is also Chair of the interdepartmental reference group for the Victorian Rural Drainage Strategy and a member of the Victorian Catchment Management Council.

Mr Hume has been Chair of the Victorian Catchment Management Council, Co-chair of the Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee and Chair of the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) and has a strong understanding of natural resource management.

Other returning SRW directors are Ms Naomi Cleary, Mrs Kate Calvert, Mr Michael Malouf, Mrs Naomi Pye, Mr Terry Swingler and Mr Rodda.

Announcing new appointments across the state, Minister for Water Lisa Neville said “These new appointments will bring fresh ideas to the water sector and ensure water boards reflect the community they serve.”

She said the changes reflect priorities set out in Water for Victoria, which identified the need to promote gender equality and diversity within the water sector, including opportunities for Traditional Owners to participate on boards across the sector.

“We’re unapologetic in our determination to promote inclusiveness and equality in our water sector, which is why it’s fantastic to see highly experienced and skilled women in senior roles,” said Ms Neville.

CMAs and water corporations play an important role working with local communities to deliver healthier rivers, waterways and water storages.

They are also vital to the implementation of Water for Victoria – the Victorian Government’s plan to secure water supplies at affordable prices and meet the challenges of climate change and population growth.