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The project team

The project team

Meet the people who lead the GMW Connections Project:

Project Director Frank Fisseler

Frank is a senior water infrastructure executive with broad Australian and international experience. Frank started his career as a lawyer, and has worked in law firms in the United States and Switzerland.

One of his biggest challenges was working as the Deputy Project Director on the $3.5 billion Victorian Desalination Project, leading the procurement, design, construction and commissioning of the project.

Frank moved to Mildura in June 2015, to oversee the final year of the Sunraysia Modernisation Project at Lower Murray Water. Frank was appointed Project Director of the Connections Project in March 2016.

Connections Project Control Group (PCG)

The Project Control Group reports to the Minister for Water and the GMW board. The Project Control Group’s role is to drive change, and streamline the decision making process. Together, the PCG is responsible for optimising the benefits that the Connections Project delivers for water users and the region.

Project Control Group members are:

Chair, Peter McManamon

Peter has over 40 years in general management, project management and strategic operational experience across all facets of environment, infrastructure planning and delivery, operations and asset management in the rural/water and general resources industry both in Australia and internationally.

He has held roles at Goulburn Valley Water as Director of Technical Services and Acting Chief Executive Officer. Peter also was Chief Executive Officer for Grampians Water and later Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water (GWMWater) up until 2007.

Peter brings a wealth of local experience in regional bulk water management, urban and rural water operations, major project management and construction activities.

Campbell Fitzpatrick

Campbell Fitzpatrick has worked in the water industry for over 30 years and in senior leadership roles for close to 20 years.

He started his career working in Victoria's salinity management program, working closely with irrigators in northern Victoria.

Campbell then went on to lead the process to convert irrigators poorly specified rights to water into clearly defined bulk water entitlements, followed by the Northern Region Sustainable Water Strategy.

He has worked closely with both state and Commonwealth governments.

Patrick McNamara

Patrick McNamara is a Director of Goulburn Murray Water and former member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly representing Benalla.

He was Deputy Premier of Victoria from 1992 to 1999 and held several ministerial positions, including Minister for Agriculture and Resources, Minister for Tourism, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrections.

Richard Anderson (non-voting member)

Richard Anderson is a mixed farmer from Bamawm and in addition to being the Connections Project Stakeholder Consultative Committee chair, he is the chair of the VFF Water Council. Mr Anderson has chaired the VFF Water Council since 2006. He holds degrees in Accounting and Business Administration.

Mr Anderson has successfully chaired the Rochester/Campaspe Water Service Committee, a customer committee of Goulburn-Murray Water for 25 years and has been involved in the development of the Campaspe Deeplead Water Supply Protection Area.

Mr Anderson also serves on a number of reference committees including Northern Region Sustainable Water Strategy, National Farmers Federation (NFF) Water Taskforce, Stakeholder Consultative Committee for Government Buy-Back of Water, NFF Technical Working Group and salinity reference committees as well as being involved in the Echuca and Rochester Victorian Farmers Federation branches.

Project Director Frank Fisseler and GMW Managing Director Pat Lennon are also non-voting members of PCG.