The latest General Meeting of the Australian Water Brokers Association was held at the Murray Downs Country Club & Resort conference room in Murray Downs / Swan Hill on the 4th June 2018. The meeting was well attended, with more than 20 members / affiliate members and 6 guests in attendance.

A lively discussion in regard to self-regulation of water brokers took place and what self-regulation would entail. President Tom Wilks conveyed that in the last 3 months, the AWBA had been in discussions with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in regard to how self-regulation would be able to move forward, with high quality feedback provided from those in attendance.

Speakers of the day were:

  • Andrew Shields – Goulburn Murray Water
  • Vincent Kelly – Water NSW
  • Anthony Stevens – Elders / Former North Melbourne Premiership AFL Player

Andrew Shields was the first speaker of the day outlining Tagging out of 1A, intervalley trade accounts and spill risk calculation as well as taking questions from the membership.

Water NSW Water Systems Operation Manager Vincent Kelly spoke to the membership on a number of topics including the Barmah choke, transparency in water trading, rebates rules, meter reading, electronic and automated water trading processing similar to that of Victoria and improvements around register improvements, as well as providing time for a Q & A for the membership.

Last presenter of the day was 2 x North Melbourne AFL Premiership Winning Player and AFL Hall of Famer now Regional Victoria Elders Real Estate Specialist, Anthony Stevens. Anthony spoke to the group in regard to motivation and work ethic and how this correlates in the home, business and on sporting field.

The next General Meeting will be held in Griffith on Monday 27 August 2018. For more information, please contact the AWBA on 1300 568 668 or email