Phil Endley, Murray Irrigation’s new CEO, has shared his focus for irrigation services within the Southern Riverina after starting in the role last week.
Employees at Murray Irrigation welcomed Mr Endley to the team Monday last week.
He has already outlined his approach to effective irrigation services for the Deniliquin, Wakool and Finley areas.
“I am passionate about water services in both an operational and strategic sense and have worked in the water services area for over thirty years,” Mr Endley said.
“I feel privileged to be continuing this work with Murray Irrigation, focusing my passion on the river system and building on my previous four years’ experience in the Murray Darling Basin”.
Mr Endley said he looks forward to fostering the opportunities presented by the company’s modernisation work, in particular, the broader issues surrounding the Basin Plan and its communities.
“It’s important that we look for ways to increase water security for the region in order to provide a level of certainty for our irrigators and regional communities.
“On this front, I will be visiting our shareholders and stakeholders to listen to their thoughts on the solutions to some of the current issues.
“I recognise there are complex matters at play which give rise to many diverse opinions, however I think it’s important to understand that we’re all working towards the same aim.
“I take a long view on this issue; we need to think about the longevity of our nation’s greatest asset - a healthy and efficient river system that supports our nation’s food and fibre industry for generations to come.
“My immediate aim is to strengthen ties with irrigators, members of parliament, government agencies across three states, and the various stakeholder groups to work on real, tangible solutions that will benefit all parties."
Mr Endley will visit local shareholders and stakeholders over the coming weeks and encourages people to discuss their thoughts with him.
“I’m all ears – and I welcome people to contact me with their views,” he said.