Our Employees and Committee
Irrigation issues can be extremely complex and intricate, and at the GVIA we pride ourselves on a highly knowledgeable and dedicated team. The GVIA employs a full-time Executive Officer, and facilitates an externally funded Project Manager, both of whom operate out of the office at 100 Balo St, Moree.
The Executive Officer and Secretary of the GVIA is Zara Lowien. Zara's role is extensive and spans from the paddock to the city offices of the nation's decision makers. She works closely with committee members, and is at the coalface of government negotiations ensuring the rights of water entitlement holders are maintained and respected. With a high level of expertise, confidence and passion for the industry, Zara represents the GVIA members on a range of committees and working groups on national, State and local platforms.
The externally funded Project Officer for the GVIA is Louise Gall. Louise's role is to manage and report on all projects run by the GVIA whilst continuing to source additional funding from government organisations. Funding applications are an important vehicle for the GVIA, designed to facilitate research programs and provide commercial analysis of innovation in irrigation. Highly engaged in the local community, Louise is proficient in delivering findings to members in a practical format they can, in turn, utilise to value add their businesses. This trusted source of data plays an integral part of the GVIA's commitment to industry and the community.
The GVIA is governed by a committee of 12 irrigators, whose role is to oversee the governance of the association’s resources in the interest of all members. The current chairman of the GVIA is Joe Robinson. Deputy chairs are Jim Cush, Mark Winter and Michael Seery, whilst Nick Gillingham is the current Treasurer. Committee members are Sarah Ball, Peter Birch, Matthew Wannan, Ross Burling, Justin McMillian, Sam Heagney and Alex Harris. The committee is elected annually, with the Annual General Meeting held each Spring, from which office bearers are elected.
A significant role of the committee is helping develop GVIA policies and strategies, which the Executive Officer then implements. The Executive Officer and committee also provide representation on behalf of members at forums such as the WaterNSW Customer Advisory Group, the Gwydir Environmental Water Advisory Group, the Stakeholder Advisory Panels for surface and groundwater sharing plans, the NSW Irrigators Council and National Irrigators Council meetings and North West Local Land Services Community Advisory Group.