Regional Resilience in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District

Regional Development Victoria

A mature farmer with a tablet computer in a greenhouse checking data

The Goulburn Murray Irrigation District (GMID) as a regional system is changing. While some of the change is outside our control (climate, global markets, technological change), we can shape the trajectory of change, rather than being forced to change in a particular unwanted direction.

The GMID Resilience Master Plan project is an effort by regional leaders to determine the ways to strengthen the region, making it more resilient to a range of possible futures.

Regional Development Victoria and its partners in agriculture and catchment management recognise that what we do now in the GMID region will impact the region’s ability to respond to change for years to come. This is our opportunity to make sure that the GMID is able to do well in the face of change.

RMCG and our associates Paul Ryan and Garry Smith have been engaged to work with GMID leaders and stakeholders to deliver the region’s Resilience Master Plan project. We’re having conversations with people from many different sectors about the principles that are common to resilient regions. Together we will uncover the things that can be done to strengthen resilience in the GMID.

To find out more about the project, have a look at the regional resilience insights paper or get in touch with Claire Flanagan-Smith on 03 5441 4821.


Claire Flanagan-Smith

Claire Flanagan-Smith


B.Env.Eng. (Hons)

Claire has more than a decade’s experience in strategic planning, facilitation and community engagement in a range of industries. Claire’s people and strategy skills are underpinned by a strong understanding of engineering and policy. She helps communities and organisations deal with complex issues, supporting insight and constructive strategy. Claire has delivered quality projects including investigations of community concerns related to mining, regional strategic planning, socio-economic impact studies and strategic planning for a wide range of organisations.

Anna Kelliher

Anna Kelliher

Managing Principal

BA, BE (Hons), GAICD

Anna is an environmental engineer with 20 years’ experience in water and catchment management. She specialises in recycled water planning, irrigation modernisation, land capability assessment, environmental risk assessment and catchment condition reporting. Anna has experience working with industry, government, farmers and the community, and has developed sound teamwork, communication and project management skills.

Dr Claire Feniuk

Dr Claire Feniuk

Senior Consultant

PhD, MSc., BSc. (Hons)

Claire is passionate about working on the interface between research, policy and practice to support sustainable land management. Through her research and policy experience, Claire has gained insight into a wide range of approaches to agriculture and natural resource management worldwide and brings an international perspective to our team.