New Wide Bay Water Corporation chairman Leith Boully (front) meets her fellow board members for the first time. Don Marples (from left), Garry Storch, WBWC CEO Tim Waldron, Susan Rankin and Ian Klug. Megan Houghton will join in June.
New Wide Bay Water Corporation chairman Leith Boully (front) meets her fellow board members for the first time. Don Marples (from left), Garry Storch, WBWC CEO Tim Waldron, Susan Rankin and Ian Klug. Megan Houghton will join in June. Toni Mcrae

New team gets on water board

ONE OF the world’s best known water business bosses met his new board for the first time at dinner on Thursday and is keen to work with the new team over the remaining two years of his contract – at least.

“It’s good to have a fresh team,” Wide Bay Water Corporation CEO Tim Waldron said yesterday.

“I’ve been working in the water industry for 40 years and have enjoyed it all, so I am sure our new chairman Leith Boully and her board members, our staff and I are going to take WBW to even greater heights of success.”

Ms Boully, mother of two, was head-hunted for the top job when the council decided to let go the former chairman and all board members except for Garry Storch.

“Wide Bay Water has a fantastic reputation across Australia and was a really attractive proposition for me.

“As a group I’m sure we’ll be able to add enormous value to the corporation. Every organisation needs renewal.”

Asked on her views on the council bringing the corporation back under its total control, instead of running independently as it does now, Ms Boully said she believed the council was “very comfortable having WBW as a corporation”.

In 2008/09 WBW distributed $5.202 million to the council.

Ms Boully has an impressive track record in the Australian water industry through her irrigation, farming, research and policy interests and her family runs an irrigation and dryland farming property at Dirranbandi.

Board members are appointed for up to five years.

Last week Mr Waldron, who chairs the Water Loss Taskforce of the International Water Association, told the Chronicle he planned to ask for his contract to be renewed when it expired.

“One thing I have always been firm on is ensuring that our water rates money is actually spent on water,” he said.



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