Independent Metropolitan Water Advisory Panel

Richmond Terrace waterfront ramp to people on a boat

The Independent Metropolitan Water Advisory Panel was formed to provide advice on best practice water planning and management for the Lower Hunter and Greater Sydney regions.

The panel advises on the science and decision-making processes associated with the development and implementation of the Greater Sydney Water Strategy and the Lower Hunter Water Security Plan. The expertise of the panel strengthens the planning processes by ensuring that the most up to date knowledge and practices are applied.

Panel members provide a broad understanding of water sector issues and provide insight to the application of the water plans for Greater Sydney and the Lower Hunter. Panel members are distinguished water sector professionals with extensive expertise in urban water planning, water quality and integrated water management.

As we finalise and implement the Greater Sydney Water Strategy and the Lower Hunter Water Security Plan the panel will contribute their valuable expertise to shape our work.

The Greater Sydney Water Strategy and the Lower Hunter Water Security Plan will be publicly exhibited in 2021 and released in 2022.

Members of the panel

Professor Robert Skinner AM

Rob Skinner is Professorial Fellow at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute at Monash University and Deputy Chair of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities. He is also the Chair of WaterAid Australia, a Director of Yarra Valley Water and Director the International Centre of Excellence for Water Resources Management.

He is convenor of the Chairs of the Victorian Integrated Water Management Forums for the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Rob was Managing Director of Melbourne Water for six years until 2011.  Prior to that he was the CEO of the Kingston Council, a large municipality in Melbourne.

Dr Peter Davies

Dr Peter Davies is an Associate Professor of environmental planning and policy at Macquarie University with a PhD in urban water management. Prior to his academic career in 2012, Peter worked in state and local government and consultancy for 20 years where he held a number of senior roles within local government and in state government water, environmental protection, and energy agencies. He has published over 70 peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and industry reports that have focused on interdisciplinary studies to support a transition to more sustainable cities and regions. Peter is a member of several government environmental and sustainability advisory committees and is an executive member of the Macquarie University Smart Green Cities Research Centre and the Centre for Environmental Law.

Professor Ana Deletic

Professor Ana Deletic is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Queensland. Until February 2021 Ana was the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.  Prior to that, until mid-2017, Ana was Associate Dean of Research Engineering Faculty and the Founding Director of Monash Infrastructure research institute at Monash University. Ana is an urban water researcher, focusing on stormwater management and socio-technical modelling. She led the development of a number of green nature-based water treatment systems which are now widely adopted in Australia and abroad. Ana is an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and Editor of Water Research. In 2012, the Victorian State Government awarded Ana the Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation (Physical Sciences) for her lifelong achievements in stormwater research.

Dr Stuart Khan

Stuart Khan is a Professor in the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia. He has published over 170 peer reviewed journal articles on issues relating to the management and safety of drinking water, wastewater and recycled water. Stuart teaches undergraduate and postgraduate engineering students at UNSW. He has supervised over 15 PhD students and over 30 Masters research projects. Stuart is a member of the Water Quality Advisory Committee to the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council. In this role, he has made significant contributions to many Australian water quality guidelines, particularly the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and the Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling. He is also a member of the National Water Grid Advisory Body and in this role, he provides advice on Commonwealth Government investments in national water infrastructure priorities.

Associate Professor Susan Petterson

Dr Susan Petterson is the Director of Water & Health Pty Ltd and is an academic title holder in the School of Medicine at Griffith University. Susan is based in Sydney and has worked in the Australian water industry for more than 20 years.  Her expertise lies in the interpretation of microbial datasets and integration of human health related microbiology with modelling of environmental systems. She is an international expert in microbial risk assessment and was the lead author of the World Health Organization’s guidance document for undertaking QMRA in the water-related context. Susan serves on the National Health and Medical Research Council Water Quality Advisory Committees for drinking water quality and recreational water quality and is a member of the Technical Assistance Committee for the environmental surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 for PATH. Susan is passionate about ensuring that the best possible scientific evidence is interpreted with accuracy and integrity to support practical management of environmental health risks for the protection of public health.