Independent peer reviewers
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment engaged reviewers who are recognised nationally and internationally as experts in their respective fields. They were not involved in any activities regarding the modelling and/or implementation of the NSW Floodplain Harvesting Policy prior to their commencement of the review tasks. It therefore was a truly “independent” review without any preconceptions of departmental influences on the approach or considerations.
In undertaking their review, the reviewers also consulted widely with peers in the Murray–Darling Basin Authority and other Commonwealth agencies in addition to stakeholders from a wide range of interests, such as landholders and water users, plus environmental and natural resource group members. The department is confident that their review represents an independent assessment of the issues associated with implementation of the NSW Floodplain Harvesting Policy.
Tony Weber is a leading practitioner in the catchment modelling and water quality field in Australia. Prior to joining Alluvium, he worked at BMT WBM for 13 years where he led the water quality discipline across their Australian operations. Tony has over 27 years’ experience in the water industry delivering a range of catchment modelling, water sensitive urban design, integrated water management, water quality and stormwater management projects.
Greg Claydon has extensive water industry and natural resources management knowledge, experience and achievements, built on his roles as a senior executive with Queensland and Western Australia state government water, environment and natural resources agencies. He is recognised at state, national and international levels for his work in water and natural resources reforms.
Daren Barma is Director, of Barma Water Resources Consulting. He has extensive knowledge in water resource management having been involved in numerous high profile projects for over 24 years. Daren has carried out numerous water balance, accounting and data analysis projects as part of his work in developing and reviewing river system models across the Murray Darling Basin.
Daren is also familiar with institutional arrangements as they relate to water management. He has been involved in developing and implementing policies for water management in NSW and the Murray Darling Basin and continues to have an active involvement in the development of state and interstate policy and legislation on behalf of government.