Peter was born in Renmark, growing up on a mixed fruit property and started his career working at a local winery. After spending some time overseas and working and studying in Adelaide (completing a Diploma of Visual and applied arts), Peter returned to Renmark and owns a vineyard and until recently an almond orchard he developed.
During the Millennium drought, Peter led the Trust through a very difficult period, culminating in significant milestones, including a $16.3m re-configuration through the SARMS 3IP as well as the Trust receiving Gold level certification from the Alliance for Water Stewardship, the first irrigation organisation globally to do so.
Peter has also been instrumental in the modernisation and repositioning of the Trust as a “go to” organisation for State and Federal government agencies on all matters water, irrigation and community. Peter is vitally interested in the financial viability and future of the Riverland, economically and socially.
Peter is a director of the SA MDB NRM Board, Chair of the River Murray Advisory Committee (RMAC), Deputy Chair, Riverland Vine Improvement Committee and Chairs the Chowilla and Katarapko Community Advisory Panels (KCAP).
Peter is currently the second longest serving Presiding Member in the RIT’s proud 125 year history after being elected Chairman of the RIT in 2007.