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An informative session with key note speakers Erin Smith, Associate Director of Aither who specialise in water policy and water markets and RuralCo Water Broker Jeff Shannon. was hosted on the 29th September 2021.
The session provided attendees guidance on how to make informed water decisions and how to be better prepared long-term.
Erin presented information about the water market report recently released by Aither Also covered was allocation prices, end of season carry-over and the entitlement markets with information catered specifically to our area of the Murray..
Jeff presented information on the current water market and the drivers for both permanent and temporary water and strategies for securing water.
Our Guest Speakers
Erin Smith, Aither
Serving as Associate Director, Erin plays a major role in delivering Aither’s water markets advisory services to public and private sector clients. In 2020 and 2021, Erin led the preparation of and presented the Aither Water Markets Report. She also holds a PhD from The University of Sydney. Her doctoral research focused on understanding the strategic importance of land and water assets to Victorian irrigators.
Jeff Shannon, Rural Co
Jeff grew up on a dairy farm in Northern Victoria. Upon completing Secondary School in Numurkah he joined the finance industry. After a 28 year career in finance, initially in the bank and then 19 years in financial planning, the lure of the Agriculture Industry sought Jeff to seek out other opportunities and brought him to Ruralco Water where he has been a water broker for the last 5 years. A career in finance taught Jeff the value of customer service and relationships and these values are at the forefront as he prides himself on providing informed advice and service solutions to his clients, which range from individuals to corporate entities, to assist them with their water strategies.
This event is part of the Building our Communities in Advance Project, a partnership project with Murray River Council and proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Local Government NSW.