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Local to take the helm at Gippsland Water

A highly skilled local woman has been selected to lead Gippsland Water as Managing Director.

Following a national search and an exhaustive interview process, the board has selected Sarah Cumming to lead the organisation. A lawyer, with a background in governance and major reform, Ms Cumming has strong connections to the local area.

“This is an important time for our region as it goes through a period of change. I will ensure Gippsland Water has a seat at the table as we work together to secure the future prosperity of the region,” said incoming Managing Director at Gippsland Water, Sarah Cumming.

“Essential services, including water, are vital in attracting new industries to Gippsland. The work we do now will ensure a bright future for our children and generations to come.

“Gippsland Water will remain a local service, employing local people and working with the community to secure our future. For the Gippsland Water workforce this appointment means long term tenure and a bright future for our region.”

Ms Cumming has served on the Gippsland Water board for the past five years, and most recently worked as the General Manager of Corporate Services at Latrobe City.

“Gippsland Water customers trust us to provide clean and safe drinking water and to remove waste water. Our professional workforce will continue to deliver these services to the people of Gippsland,” Ms Cumming said.

“Our customers are also telling us that they want us to be affordable and fair, easy to deal with, and involved in the community,” she said.

“We will continue to plan for population growth and work on projects to protect the environment. We will continue to put our customers at the heart of everything we do.”

Gippsland Water board chair Therese Ryan said the appointment of a local person was demonstrative of talent available in the area and the organisation’s commitment to local jobs.

“Local knowledge will be very important as we work to strengthen our connections with customers and the community. We will work together on decisions that affect our region and its growth,” Ms Ryan said.

Ms Ryan thanked departing Managing Director David Mawer for this contribution to the organisation for the past nine years.

“David Mawer’s legacy is the highly skilled and professional team at Gippsland Water who will continue to deliver quality water and waste water services to homes, businesses and industry,” Ms Ryan said.

“David’s other achievements include major upgrades to services at Coongulla and Loch Sport, the construction of the Gippsland Water Factory and the development of the Soil and Organic Recycling Facility (SORF).

“Under the stewardship of David Mawer, Gippsland Water has evolved as a state leader in incident and emergency management. New systems and procedures were developed following the Delburn and Black Saturday bushfires, we now train others agencies how to manage such events.”

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