Snowy Advisory Committee

In July 2018, the Minister for Regional Water appointed the Snowy Advisory Committee to provide expert and community input to the design of environmental flows to the Snowy River and Snowy montane rivers.

The committee brings together the local knowledge and expertise of individuals from Snowy River and Snowy Mountains communities and the NSW and Victorian governments.

Application for Independent Chairperson

Committee members

Independent Chair - John Rodger

John Rodger is a Conjoint Professor at the University of Newcastle, CEO and Executive Director at FAUNA Research Alliance and a Fellow at the Institute of Managers and Leaders. He has been involved in study of the reproductive biology of marsupials for all his career with a particular focus on turning this basic science into new and better tools to conserve threatened marsupials and fertility-based controls for overabundant marsupials, including the brushtail possum in New Zealand. He led the only Cooperative Research Centre dedicated to innovation in marsupial conservation and management. His contributions were recognised by appointment as an Emeritus Professor in 2019.

‘I am long-time companion to the unique Snowy Mountains, and am very pleased and honoured to be taking up this role. I look forward to working with the diverse members of the Snowy Advisory Committee in seeking opportunities for strategic improvements for flows in the Snowy and montane rivers that benefit not just the river environments but the rivers’ communities.’

Mr Robert Caune, Community

I have had the wonderful opportunity to have lived at Marlo, near the mouth of the Snowy River, for the last 30 years.

I greatly appreciate the environment that I live in and this has motivated me to participate in community groups that are committed to the rehabilitation of the Snowy River.

The start of the environmental water releases and the first release of Australian bass by an indigenous aquaculturist in the Snowy River are my fondest memories.

Dr Doris Paton, Community

Dr Doris Paton is a Monero - Ngarigo and Gunai woman. She is a specialised educationalist and researcher. She focuses on empowering others with knowledge to strengthen relationships and understanding. She is strongly committed to sharing her cultural knowledge of language and local history. Doris has a strong governance background and has held many positions on local, regional and national committees and boards.

She is currently a part-time Senior Lecturer at Monash University. Over many years, she has held management positions in Aboriginal Education and training. She is a specialist curriculum advisor in Aboriginal curriculum and content. She educates the wider community through customised cultural competency training.

Ms Vickii Wallace, Community

Ms Vickii Wallace's biography will be available shortly.

Dr Fiona Dyer, Environment

Dr Fiona Dyer is Associate Professor in Water Science with the Centre for Applied Water Science (CAWS), and the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE), University of Canberra.  She is a freshwater research scientist with an active research program in environmental flows and eco-hydrology. For the past 20 years, Fiona has been involved in the design, implementation and monitoring of environmental flows in a range of riverine environments in south-eastern Australia.

Her research has contributed to the management of environmental flows from the upland rivers of the Murrumbidgee catchment to the lowland rivers of the Lachlan catchment. She has co-authored more than 50 peer reviewed journal publications, 2 book chapters, 10 refereed conference proceedings and a wide variety of technical reports.

In addition to her research led contributions to policy and practise, Fiona is actively involved in community natural resource management organisations in the region. She is currently an executive member and past chair of the Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment Network, a community-based cross-border network of agencies and groups responsible for natural resource management in the upper Murrumbidgee catchment and she has a particular interest in environmental flows across the montane rivers.

Ms Iris White, Aboriginal

Ms  Iris White's biography will be available shortly.

Mr Graeme Enders, NSW Government

The NSW representative on the Snowy Advisory Committee (SAC) Graeme Enders is a Director in the Biodiversity Conservation Division of DPIE. This role carries operational responsibility for the delivery of water to the environment in Southern NSW. This includes the Snowy and montane rivers, where the different groups within DPIE collaborate to make the annual environmental flows, with the advice of the SAC.

Graeme has a long association with the Snowy River, having contributed to achieving a balanced outcome for the river, for its communities, and for the hydro company during Corporatisation. He also contributed to a recovery project to bring together NSW agencies with community in anticipation of increased flows after that time. The SAC continues this important connection.

Mr Graeme Dear, VIC Government

Graeme Dear has been a fisherman his entire life and has spent many years fishing the Snowy River for Bass and other estuary fish. His interest in fishing led him to become the CEO of the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (EGCMA), where his love of rivers and professional administration expertise aligned.

Graeme has been the CEO of the EGCMA for 18 years. The EGCMA is responsible for managing the health of the Snowy river in Victoria and provides advice on behalf of Victoria regarding the health needs of the river and estuary.

The Snowy Advisory Committee will allow greater transparency of environmental water strategies in the Snowy Mountains area and boost the health of the Snowy River and Snowy Montane rivers.

The committee’s requirements are set out under the Snowy Hydro Corporatisation Act 1997. It is responsible for advising the Water Administration Ministerial Corporation each year on the timing and pattern for the release of water for environmental reasons under the Snowy water licence.

Committee advice

In February 2019, the committee provided its first formal advice for the delivery of water in the 2019/20 Snowy water year, which covers the period 1 May 2019 to 30 April 2020.

Committee meeting communiqués