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Our Organisation

We operate along the Murray River, from Kerang to the South Australian border, in the municipalities of Gannawarra, Swan Hill and Mildura. We provide this extensive region with urban water and sewerage treatment, supply and disposal; river quality water for stock and irrigation; and collection and disposal of subsurface irrigation drainage. Our goal is to contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of our region and its many communities with environmentally responsible and sustainable water management.

Our Objectives and Strategies

Customer Focused – right service, right time.

Maintaining compliant performance while improving cost effectiveness of operations and assets.

Increasing use of modernised infrastructure across the Corporation.

Increasing the resilience of services to changing and extreme weather.

Managing the Corporation in accordance with expected standards of corporate behaviour.

Managing the Corporation’s assets and finances responsibly and sustainably.

Providing an engaged, skilled and diverse workforce to deliver our vision and mission.

Providing our services equitably and with respect to a diverse community.

Our Vision

The Board envisages that LMW will become the leading regional water corporation in Victoria by:

  • Close engagement with our community and customers.
  • Being resilient in times of adversity and change.
  • Being a regional leader.

We will deliver outcomes to our communities by:

  • Catering for sustained growth in our urban business.
  • Promoting growth in our rural business.
  • Being sustainable, measured by finance, a productive culture and a lighter environmental footprint.

Our Board

Cheryl Rix
Chair of our Board of Directors

Cheryl is the Corporate Services Officer and Chief Risk Officer at Mildura Health having previously been the Program Manager for Northern Mallee Leaders and the former General Manager Western Murray Irrigation Ltd.

Cheryl was the Chair of the Lower Murray Darling Catchment Management Authority (New South Wales). Cheryl is a past member of the National Community Bank Strategic Advisory Board for Bendigo and Adelaide Bank’s Community Bank Network and is also a past board member of Wentworth District Capital Limited and Mildura Development Corporation.

Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed the Mastering the Boardroom program. Cheryl is a Chartered Accountant Fellow and a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

Sharyon Peart
Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors

Sharyon moved from Melbourne to the Mallee in 2005, where she lived on a large citrus, dried fruit and wine grape growing property at Nangiloc.

Sharyon’s background in corporate business, sales, marketing and team management gave inspiration to the small business she currently owns and operates. She has been the sole director since she created the company in 2005, specialising in retail consultation, managing women’s health and well-being.

Sharyon served Mildura Rural City as a Councillor for nine years and gained much experience as portfolio councillor for art and education, later community services and well being, and governance and finance. Currently, Sharyon is the Chair of the Mallee Catchment Management Authority, Deputy Chair of Vic Catchments, member of LaTrobe University Advisory Board and a member of the Victorian Agricultural Advisory Council.

Sharyon has sound experience in corporate governance, floodplain management issues, financial management, environmental management, agricultural water use and associated impacts on the environment, strategic planning, community engagement, relationship building and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

Rob Fowler
Lead Adviser, Essential Change Advisory Services

He is a Faculty Member of the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, and has been a non-executive Director of Tilling Group for 10 years, and a member of the Gold Standard Foundation board, a not-for-profit international standards body focused on project-level interpretation of global sustainability goals, for eight years.

He has previously held senior advisory and management roles with Booz and Company, the New South Wales (NSW) Cabinet Office, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of NSW and LEK Consulting, with a focus on energy, carbon markets, climate change and sustainability.

Mr Fowler holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering.

Michelle Oates
Senior Solicitor with MIR Lawyers, Mildura, specialising primarily in commercial and property law.

Michelle is also Deputy Chair of the Chaffey Aged Care Board, a committee member for Chances for Children and a Director of Mallee Family Care.

Ms Oates has commercial law experience in primary industry, water management and land transfers, and advises clients and stakeholders on corporate governance.

Ms Oates holds a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Hons) and a Bachelor of Justice and Society.

Warren Lloyd
Member of the Board of Directors

Warren Lloyd has been the Manager of his family owned dried fruit farm since 2005, with considerable expertise in horticulture and irrigation.

He was previously a secondary school teacher for 19 years. Mr Lloyd has chaired the Lower Murray Urban and Rural Water Corporation’s Strategic Advisory Committee since 2016 and chaired the Corporation’s Customer Services Advisory Committee from 2008 to 2014.

He has been a Board Member of Dried Fruits Australia since 2010.

Mr Lloyd holds a Bachelor of Education.

Greg Baker
Member of the Board of Directors

Greg is a Director and the Principal Consultant at Severn Consulting Pty Ltd, specialising in advising asset intensive organisations in the manufacturing, logistics and utilities sectors on strategy and commercial negotiations. He has extensive senior executive experience in rail freight and in the chemical industry, including as Director- Interstate Intermodal at Aurizon, GM of Strategy and Marketing at Pacific National Rail, and Head of Strategy and Corporate Affairs at Qenos.

Greg has been a board member of the Victorian Transport Association and the Victorian Freight & Logistics Council, as well as not-for-profit organisations including Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services, and The Trading Circle.
He holds degrees in Chemical Engineering and Commerce, and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Max Folie
Member of the Board of Directors

Max Folie is an Audit Committee Member of Mildura Rural City Council and a highly experienced international General Manager with a depth of business experience managing Risk and Improvement drivers in large global complex commercial businesses.

Max developed and improved Internal Audit operations, systems and reporting. Established effective reporting systems for Board Committees and Executive Management.

He also has extensive offshore experience through South East Asia, South America, Canada, Europe, UK, USA, PNG, West Africa.

He holds a Diploma of Auditing from RMIT; Diploma of Business from Monash University.

Svetla Petkova
Member of the Board of Directors

Svetla is a member of the Southern Alpine Resort Management Board, Audit & Risk, and Remuneration and Workplace committees; Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group Board Directors.

Highly skilled Executive, People and Asset Manager with expertise managing services, projects and programs with GWM Water, Gippsland Water, City West Water, Isaac Regional Council and more recently with Swan Hill Rural City Council.

Excels in the development, coordination and management of multi-million dollar assets and programs, maintaining compliance and meeting governance requirements. Adept at containing costs through the implementation of systems and procedures that streamline efficiencies. Consultative approach with a strong record of performance collaborating with management teams, boards and committees, building effective client and stakeholder relationships.

As a leader, she fosters unity and motivates teams towards the attainment of goals. Respected professional with a strong network of industry contacts.

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Executive Team

Anthony Couroupis
Managing Director

Anthony is Sunraysia born and has recently returned to the region, commencing as Lower Murray Water’s Managing Director in July 2019. Anthony has almost 30 years’ experience in water and natural resources management, primarily associated with irrigation in southern NSW. This experience included both commercial and government roles.

Anthony is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

David Girdwood
Executive Manager Southern Region

Works and Services

Operations and Property Services

Capital Works

Water and Wastewater Treatment

Asset and Maintenance Management

Southern Area Customer Services

Julie Campbell
Chief Financial Officer

Business Planning, Compliance and Reporting

Stores

Corporate Services

Risk Management

Compliance

Andrew Kremor
Executive Manager Customer & Stakeholder

Customer Experience & Land Development

Business Development

Planning and Subdivision

Private Diversions

Rural Water Licensing

Water Trading

Communications and Public Relations

Geoff Regester
Executive Manager Delivery

Engineering Services

Water and Wastewater Treatment

Asset and Maintenance Management

Capital Works

Environmental Services

Trade Waste

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