Water Board appointments 201711 September 2017
The Victorian Government has achieved gender equality on water boards, with women now holding 50% or more of seats on all water boards across the state.
Women also hold 50% of seats on the boards of Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) across the state.
The new appointments being announced by Minister for Water Lisa Neville today bring fresh skills into the sector and ensure that CMA and water corporations reflect the communities they represent.
In 2015 we saw more than 50% of board seats being held by women, however some individual boards are still comprised of more men overall. While female representation on water boards was as low as 38% in 2014, appointments announced today mean that the Victorian water sector now has:
- 60% women across all CMA boards
- 53% women across all water corporation boards
- 60% female chairs for CMAs and water corporation boards
- 5 Aboriginal Victorians on CMA boards
These changes reflect priorities set out in Water for Victoria, which identified the need to promote gender equality and diversity within the water sector, including opportunities for Traditional Owners to participate on boards across the sector.
This new approach to water management in Victoria will boost security of supply for households, industry and the farm sector, and meet environmental needs.
Ms Neville congratulated those board members who have been appointed or re-appointed to the boards, and thanked all continuing and departing board members for their service to the water sector and the community.
CMAs and water corporations play an important role working with local communities to deliver healthier rivers, waterways and water storages.
They are also vital to the implementation of Water for Victoria – the Victorian Government’s plan to secure water supplies at affordable prices and meet the challenges of climate change and population growth.
The appointment of all board members is a robust and fair process, based on the skill and merit of the applicants.
For a full list of all new water board appointments visit: water.vic.gov.au/water-industry-and-customers/board-appointments-2017