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The Board members of the Authority are responsible for the effective management of natural resources in the Catchment.
About the Board
The Board members of the Authority are responsible for the effective management of natural resources in the Catchment. Members of the Board are drawn from within the region and are appointed by Victoria’s Minister for Environment and Climate Change.
Collectively, the Board has extensive experience and knowledge of primary industry, land protection, water resource management, waterway and floodplain management, environmental conservation, Local Government, food processing, and business and financial management.
Working with its partners, including Goulburn-Murray Water, Goulburn Valley Water, and the Departments of Sustainability and Environment and Primary Industry, the CMA is developing detailed strategies to address land and water degradation.
The CMA’s Annual Report details the Members and the results of the Authority and its Partners for the financial year.
Current Board Directors
Murray Chapman - Chair (Goomalibee)
Murray is a Director of RuralPlan Pty Ltd, which provides natural resource management advisory services as well as land and water project management throughout Australia. Murray specialises in providing technical support and facilitation services on water and onfarm efficiency. He has many years' experience in assisting governments and industry to achieve change-based programs.
Murray has served on the board of the Benalla and District Memorial Hospital. He is a partner in a family farm at Goomalibee and a member of local community organisations.
Dr John Craven
John is a registered veterinary surgeon with a PhD in microbiology and is currently employed as a Director of Terip Solutions Pty Ltd. He has considerable experience in research and research methods and was formerly a research manager in the Department of Primary Industries and the Dairy Research and Development Corporation.
Until recently John owned a beef cattle property in Terip Terip which was originally settled by his family in the 1880’s. He has had considerable experience in on-farm conservation activities and sees the need for communities to value the environment sufficiently to contribute time, energy and money to improve conservation outcomes.
Mike is currently a houseboat broker, a mediator for the Department of Justice’s Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria, and voluntarily contributes to many community organizations.
Ailsa is a primary producer of many years with strong involvement in the VFF and is currently a partner in a farm in Merton.
Ailsa is a Director of AgStewardship, Primesafe Victoria, Rural Skills Australia and the North Central Rural Financial Counseling Service.
Ailsa has a large farm in Merton focusing on beef cattle and prime lamb production. Ailsa believes the challenges to natural resource management is to work with larger landholders to achieve better outcomes.
Sandy has a Masters in Rural Science (UNE) and is currently the Landcare coordinator for the Burnt Creek Landcare Group.
Sandy holds executive positions with the Victorian Landcare Council and Australian Landcare International.
Sandy is also a Community Assessor for the Federal Government NRM programs Caring for our Country and Carbon Farming Initiative.
Sandy has experience in Governance, Natural Resource Management and Community Education/Engagement and was the Founding Principal of Orange Agricultural College (Charles Sturt Uni).
Ross is a rural landholder, former Regional Manager with VicForests, and now a self-employed forestry consultant.
Ross has vast experience in natural resource management, including commercial use of native forest and fire management.
Ross lives in Benalla on a small rural holding and is a member of the local Whitegate Fire Brigade. Ross considers improving the environmental condition of agricultural land whilst maximizing the production as the greatest challenge currently facing natural resource management.
Rien is a primary producer and self-employed as a partner of Silver Orchards. Rien is Past President of VFF-Horticulture and a Coordinator and founder of Goulburn Valley Women in Horticulture.
Rien is a member of the Goulburn Murray Water Shepparton Water Services Committee.
Rien is also a current member of Fruit Growers Victoria, a member of The Victorian Farmers Federation and Australian Women in Agriculture.
Rien has an apple and pear orchard in Orrvale and believes the challenge of managing water with the changing climatic conditions is currently the greatest challenge to farming.
Lisa McKenzie lives in Shepparton and is the CEO of the Community Fund Goulburn Valley.
She has extensive work and Board experience and was formerly the Editor of the Country News and the Executive Officer of the Fairley Leadership Program.
She ran a communications and PR Consultancy for a decade with many of the region’s key organisations among clients, including the GB CMA.
Lisa is Chair of the Goulburn Murray LLEN; Chair of the Shepparton Local Advisory Group for the Federal Better Futures Local Solutions Project (a National Place Based initiative); a member of the La Trobe University Shepparton Regional Advisory Board; and a member of the Executive of the Shepparton Lighthouse Project.
She has played a role in the establishment of a range of community initiatives including RiverConnect and the Sampson Leadership Scholarship.
Adrian, who previously ran a dairy farm, owns and operates an irrigated prime lamb and cropping farm enterprise at Rushworth. He is also a Campaspe Shire Councillor, representing the the Waranga Ward.
Adrian has a long-standing interest in natural resource management and believes the greatest challenge facing the Catchment community is balancing the demand for increased productive use of land (soil) and water resources with protecting and improving the condition of the region’s unique natural environment.
He says the key to building the Catchment’s environmental and social resilience relies on the willingness of business, industry and communities to embrace and adapt to change.