Moree irrigator Jim Cush was recently elected director and chair of the NSW Irrigators’ Council at their Annual General Meeting in November.
Mr Cush has worked his entire working life in irrigation farming.
Born in Inverell and now based near Moree, Mr Cush brings substantial experience to the leadership of the NSW Irrigators’ Council, and strong dedication to the irrigation cause.
“I am honoured to represent the 12,000 irrigators across NSW who grow the best food and fibre for Australians and the rest of the world,” Mr Cush said.
“Everyone who buys fruit, vegetables or nuts from their local supermarket has a connection to an irrigator and their community.”
Irrigators have been adapting to the conditions of the drought, coupled with the high costs of water and energy.
“Our NSW irrigators have innovated and modified our practices to achieve more with less, to look after our environment and our communities, so we can continue to produce the best quality food and fibre,” Mr Cush said.
“Australia needs a strong irrigation sector; Australian people know that our methods are safe and are healthy.”
Also new to the board are Rachel Kelly from the Rice Growers Association and Brendan Barry from Murrumbidgee Private Diverters.
The six directors on the board were selected from the NSW Irrigators’ Council’s 26 members organisations which represent irrigators across the state and range from the Border Rivers in the north, Coastal Valleys in the east, Lower Darling in the west and Murray in the south.
With the NSW and federal elections rapidly approaching, the NSW Irrigators' Council is looking forward to seeing the policies of the political parties regarding irrigation and regional economies.
The NSWIC will soon unveil their NSWIC Election Policy Agenda and look to the response of the major and minor parties, as well as the independents.