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CEO Michael Renehan advises June 30 departure

The CEO of Murray Irrigation, Michael Renehan, has advised the Board that he will leave the company on June 30, 2019. His decision comes after a four-year tenure during which he implemented the most extensive period of infrastructure modernisation in the company’s history.

Murray Irrigation Chairman Phil Snowden has issued the following statement on behalf of the Board:

“With PIIOP projects now largely complete and with a new water delivery system operational and delivering on-farm benefits, Michael has decided that now is the best time to move on from Murray Irrigation.

“Michael’s engagement with government, both state and federal, has positioned Murray Irrigation as a trusted and authoritative voice in the sector with regards to water policy.  This is a critical relationship given the challenges facing the community with the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.”

Mr Snowden said there had been several other achievements during Michael’s time as CEO.

“The company’s culture has achieved a zero Lost Time Injury Frequency. Outstanding legacy tax issues were resolved and we’re continuing to develop a suite of new water products to benefit customers.

“Michael has provided stable and sound leadership during a period of enormous change, where governance, financial management and reputation were all at risk.

“Michael leaves behind effective Executive and Board colleagues well equipped to face the challenges and opportunities that are on the horizon. We wish Michael well, and the best of everything for the future.”

Describing his decision to leave, Michael Renehan said:

“I came into Murray Irrigation with some real challenges – a modernisation project that was not on track, an organisation unprepared for automation and a customer based with deep concerns about the impact of these initiatives on their farm businesses.

“I’m pleased to say that modernisation been delivered successfully and that we now have a modern organisation that is customer focused and delivering reliable, efficient, cost-effective services to our farmers.”

The Board will instigate an immediate search for a new CEO.

Please direct any questions or comments to PC (Pete) Smith, Executive Manager Corporate Affairs & Marketing, on 0418 290 920 or via email to, or the Chair, Phil Snowden, at 0427 839 217, or via email to