David McKenzie doesn’t shy away from talking about our region’s challenges. “I believe that the GMID is assured of a lower water future. Through ongoing Basin Plan recoveries, downstream trade impacts and reduced stream inflows due to changing climate patterns filling our storages less frequently - we will all have to continue to do more, with less," he says. “Efficiency will be the greatest friend the GMID can have, when we face future challenges.”
“If not for the Connections Project, the GMID system would be very poorly prepared to confront these future challenges,” David McKenzie.
“If not for the Connections Project, the GMID system would be very poorly prepared to confront these future challenges,” David says.
“We’d be ill-equipped to take advantage of the opportunities now unfolding through enhanced market access through free trade agreements and which will continue to provide new opportunities for irrigators across all commodities over time.”
David is the co-chair of the GMID Water Leadership Group, a collective formed to provide a strong voice for water security in the region.
He has a passion for improving and advocating for regional communities and has recently been appointed chair of the Goulburn Regional Partnership and the Regional Development Advisory Committee.
As a valuer specialising in agricultural property and water entitlements, he also understands the impact water has on farmers in our region and says it’s why the Connections Project is vital.
“Reflecting on the journey of the $2 billion modernisation program there have clearly been some significant challenges,” David said.
“In retrospect, this should not be surprising, as the ambition of the Project, the complexity of the implementation and the engagement required with all stakeholders was of a nature and scale that was unprecedented.”