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The Board is responsible for the development of strategic direction for integrated management of land and water resources in the region and ultimately for all functions undertaken by the Mallee Catchment Management Authority, including governance and reporting to the Minister.

Chair: Ms Sharyon Peart

Sharyon PeartSharyon runs her own business in Mildura and has vast experience in small business management, local government, community consultation, governance and people management.

Sharyon was appointed Chair of the Mallee CMA Board in 2011 and her representation portfolio includes:

  • Chair - Mallee CMA Aboriginal Reference Group;
  • Member - Mallee CMA Remuneration Committee.

Deputy Chair: Dr John Cooke

John Cooke

John was born in Ouyen and grew up on a Mallee wheat/sheep farm. Before retiring in 2013, John served as an extension officer, research scientist, manager and internal consultant.

As a research scientist, John led investigations of tillage systems for red/brown and Mallee soils in Northern Victoria. He was the lead or sole author of 5-refereed papers, and numerous conference papers.

As a manager, John was responsible for land protection in the Mallee and other key issues across Northern Victoria.  John's involvement in waterway management has covered issues relevant to land tenure, reclamation, water quality and salinity, habitat protection and wetland watering programs. John also contributed significantly to land and water management across the Southern Murray Darling Basin.

John is Chairperson of the Regional Advisory Board for the Mildura Campus of La Trobe University. He is also a Member of the Board of Mallee Family Care.

In 2015, John was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by La Trobe University. This was in recognition of his contribution to natural resource management and community involvement in Northern Victoria. 

John currently represents the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) as:

  • Deputy Chair - Mallee CMA Board;
  • Member - Mallee CMA Salinity Accountability Advisory Committee.

The current term of appointment for Dr John Cooke is from 16 November 2013 to 30 September 2017.

Member: Mr Tony Martin

Tony Martin

Tony Martin is a horticulturist who has been involved in natural resource management in the Mallee and Murray-Darling Basin for more than 30 years. 

Tony is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Dried Fruits Australia; and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s Basin Community Committee. 

Tony currently represents the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) as:

  • Chair - Mallee CMA Salinity Accountability Advisory Committee;
  • Member - Mallee CMA Audit Committee;
  • Board representative - Mallee CMA Land and Water Advisory Committee.

The current term of appointment for Tony Martin is 27 October 2015 to 30 September 2019.

Member: Mr John Arnold

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John was a dried fruit and citrus grower for 29 years, and he owned and operated an aluminum manufacturing business for 18 years. John is the Festival Coordinator for the annual Mildura Country Music Festival.

John has a Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and has served on a number Boards and Committees in the Mildura and Merbein communities. He was a Councillor with the Mildura Rural City Council for 14 years and served four terms as Mayor.

John currently represents the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) as:

  • Chair - Mallee CMA Audit Committee;
  • Member - Mallee CMA Remuneration Committee.

The current term of appointment for John Arnold is 14 October 2013 to 30 September 2017.

Member: Ms Allison McTaggart

Allison McTaggart

Allison is an independent Human Resources and Business consultant at Allison McTaggart and Associates. Her consultancy work includes strategic planning, governance, corporate communications and workplace health and safety. Allison is a Director of Mallee Sustainable Farming and Western Murray Irrigation, a family owned earthmoving business, and is currently employed by the Australian Table Grape Association as the Manager for Communications and Industry Analysis.

Allison’s Executive Management background includes 10 years as an Agribusiness Human Resource Manager and her current management role with the Australian Table Grape Association. Previous roles have included public relations, marketing and more recently Workforce Development with the Murray Primary Health Network. 

Current memberships include: Australian Human Resource Institute; Governance Institute of Australia; Institute of Community Directors Australia; and Australian Institute of Company Directors fellow. 

Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts (Management Communication) and an Associate Diploma (Animal Production).

Allison currently represents the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) as:

  • Member - Mallee CMA Audit Committee;
  • Member - Mallee CMA Remuneration Committee.

The current term of appointment for Allison McTaggart is 14 October 2013 to 30 September 2017.

Member: Geoff Anderson

Geoff is a dryland farmer from the central Mallee town of Ouyen. A farmer for more than 52 years, Geoff has been involved in all aspects of improving dryland agricultural and environmental land management, particularly salinity. Over his extensive farming career, Geoff has developed a keen interest in the balance between production and ecology.

Geoff was first appointed to the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) Board in 2006, after 10 years on the CMA Land Advisory Committee.

Geoff currently represents the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) as:

  • Board representative - Mallee CMA Aboriginal Reference Group (ARG).

The current term of appointment for Geoff Anderson is 12 November 2016 to 30 September 2019.

Member: Kellie Nulty

Kellie Nulty is a partner in a dryland farming operation at Carwarp.

Kellie also has a strong background in accounting and audit, having worked as a practising accountant for the last 21 years in Melbourne and Mildura. 

Kellie has extensive internal and external auditing experience across a variety of industries; management and financial accounting; information technology; risk management; Corporate Governance; project management; consulting and business advisory. 

Kellie is a Chartered Accountant, Registered Company Auditor, Registered Superannuation Fund Auditor and holds degrees in both Business and Computer Science.

Kellie currently represents the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) as:

  • Board representative - Mallee CMA Land and Water Advisory Committee.

The current term of appointment for Kellie Nulty is 12 November 2016 to 30 September 2019.

Member: Elizabeth Marwood

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia, majoring in Viticulture and Oenology. Liz has also completed a Masters of Food Culture and Communication from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. Her studies have provided her with invaluable insight into not only respectful agricultural production but also, communication.

Currently living in the Mallee, Liz works as a local Winemaker, as well as owning her own wine business and being involved in her family’s wheat and sheep property.

Liz has extensive experience in broadacre primary production, viticulture and winemaking and is on the Committee for the Australian Alternative Variety Wine Show.

Liz currently represents the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) as:

  • Member - Mallee CMA Salinity Accountability Advisory Committee. 

The current term of appointment for Liz Marwood is 12 November 2016 to 30 September 2019.

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