The Victorian Government has appointed the first-ever Aboriginal person appointed Chair of a water corporation in the state’s history. Mr Rueben Berg, a Gunditjmara man, will be the new Chairperson at Westernport Water.

54 new and 65 returning board members have been appointed to ensure Victoria’s 18 water corporations and nine Catchment Management Authorities better reflect the communities they represent.

The new board members will be responsible for guiding Victoria’s water organisations through challenges such as climate change, a growing population, bushfire readiness and COVID-19 response.

The selection process was overseen by an independent panel, with the panel for the first time including an Aboriginal Victorian – Seona James – a proud Yorta Yorta woman.

Female representation on water boards was as low as 38 per cent in 2014. The appointments announced today mean 57 per cent of board directors and 59 per cent of CMA board members are now women. The number of Aboriginal board members has also increased to 13 – up from 11 in 2019.

The Greater Western Water board commenced on 1 July, following the integration of City West Water and Western Water to improve services and affordability for customers in Melbourne’s growing western suburbs. The remaining water board members begin their terms in October.

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