5 March, 2021
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RIVERINE PLAINS WELL PLACED TO MEET FUTURE CHALLENGES FOLLOWING DELAYED 2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Riverine Plains Inc Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2020 was held at the group’s Mulwala office on Thursday 25 February, 2021. The 2020 AGM was delayed until 2021 as a result of border closures and COVID-19, which prevented the AGM from being conducted earlier.
Some significant and proactive changes occurred at the AGM and Riverine Plains welcomes a new, more streamlined and focused governance model.
Riverine Plains Chief Executive Officer Catherine Marriott said she was appreciative of the turnout at the AGM and the discussion around the changes to the Constitution most prominently.
“It shows members are passionate about the organisation and willing to support the change required to streamline efficiencies, maximise benefit to our members and establish clear value propositions to our stakeholders and service-providers”, she said.
Ian Trevethan was re-elected as Chair, with Fiona Marshall elected as Vice-Chair. Murray Scholz was elected as Treasurer, with John Bruce elected as Public Officer. Melissa Brown was also elected to the board.
Several constitutional changes were passed at the AGM which related to membership eligibility and board structure.
Riverine Plains Chair, Ian Trevethan described these changes as important for enabling a more focused, efficient organisation, with a sharper focus on delivering value to members, partners and research associates, while remaining true the Riverine Plains’ motto of “Farmers inspiring Farmers”.
In his 2020 Chairman’s Report, Ian Trevethan thanked the outgoing 2020 committee (John Bruce, Melissa Brown, Adrian Clancy, Barry Membrey, Jan Davis, Paul Gontier, Fiona Marshall, Brad Stillard, Eric Nankivell, Curt Severin and Daniel Moll) for their work and support throughout the year. Ian also thanked Dale Grey of Agriculture Victoria for providing Executive Support.
Ian also expressed his heartfelt thanks for the individual contributions made to the group over many years and stated he was looking forward to the continued involvement of the 2020 committee through the new board and the various subcommittees.
“I believe the group met last year’s significant challenges exceptionally well and, with a smaller board and a new CEO, Riverine Plains is well placed to meet future challenges and capitilise on new opportunities” he concluded.
Riverine Plains Inc is an independent farming systems group specialising in farmer driven research and extension across north-east Victoria and southern New South Wales. For more information, or to become a member, please visit www.riverineplains.org.au
More Information or interview: Catherine Marriott, CEO, Riverine Plains (03 5744 1713)