Lisa McKenzie could not be more serious. She’s talking about our region, our farming families and our communities. Her passion for the Goulburn-Valley and her fear for its future as she remembers back to the millennium drought is very clear. “Year of drought brought many proud and successful Goulburn Valley families – at least temporarily – to their knees. Farming families and the many towns and businesses that supported them were given a taste of what it was like to live in our region with little or no water. It was a frightening prospect,” Lisa says.
“In 2008, the Project commenced bringing not only a major overhaul of infrastructure but a much-needed investment of hundreds of millions of dollars of cash into the floundering region.”
As a local girl raised on an irrigated farm and later working as a rural reporter Lisa understands exactly how reliant our towns, our industries and of course our people are on agriculture and water for irrigation.
More than that – she cares about the success of our region. As Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Foundation executive officer she continues to dedicate herself to making it better.
“Corresponding with the drought was the realisation that our irrigation infrastructure was in a sad state of disrepair and badly needed a major overhaul and investment,” she said.
“The region faced dire circumstances and the situation required strong leadership. A group of leaders took up the mantle and lobbied the State Government with extraordinarily successful results.
“In 2008 the Project commenced bringing not only a major overhaul of infrastructure but a much-needed investment of hundreds of millions of dollars of cash into the floundering region.”