Stakeholder Advisory Panel

Aerial view of the Menindee Weir in New South Wales.

The establishment of the Panel for the Program is one of the core components of this partnership approach.

What is the Stakeholder Advisory Panel?

A central element of the Town Water Risk Reduction Program is a partnership approach which aims to recognise and leverage the wealth of expertise within councils, local water utilities and relevant government agencies. The team will utilise the Stakeholder Advisory Panel (the Panel) to advise, help design, facilitate and refine the program and to identify broader engagement opportunities.

The purpose of the Panel is to be a forum for key sector stakeholders and regulators to:

  • sense-check the Program’s scope, approach and progress
  • provide direction and feedback on the Program’s strategic approach, risks and overall engagement approach as well as high-level policy issues
  • be a sounding board for the Program team on issues that cannot be resolved in more focused stakeholder working groups, e.g. because they raise higher-level policy questions, are sensitive or relate to multiple focus areas
  • provide advice to the Program team regarding policy and technical issues that the more focused stakeholder working groups should consider.

How can I get involved with the Town Water Risk Reduction Program?

The Program will offer opportunities for collaboration and design through a range of workshops, focus teams and working groups which are being established to address the Program focus areas. Further information about collaboration opportunities for interested stakeholders email

Terms of Reference

Download the Panel's Terms of Reference PDF, 147.25 KB.

Members of the Panel

Clr Bill West Mayor, Cowra Shire Council Local Government NSW
Mr Brendan Guiney Executive OfficerNSW Water Directorate
Ms Rebel Thompson Executive Officer Namoi Joint Organisation of Councils (JO member)
Dr Annalisa Contos Principal Atom Consulting (Consultant member)
Mr David Kirby Utilities ManagerBrewarrina Shire Council (LWU manager member)
Mr Aaron DrenovskiGeneral ManagerGoldenfields Water (County Council member)
Mr Graham KennettGeneral ManagerKyogle Council (LWU General Manager member)
Dr Katrina WallA/ManagerNSW Health, Water Unit (Co-regulator)
Mr Peter MarczanManager, Technical Assessments and AdviceEnvironment Protection Authority (Co-regulator)
Mr Luke WaltonDirectorDPIE – Planning and Assessment/Office of Local Government (Co-regulator)
Mr Michael BlackmoreDirectorDPIE – Water,  Water Utility Advisory, Operations & Regulation (Co-regulator)
Ms Erin CiniDirectorDPIE – Water, Town Water Risk Reduction Program (Chair)

Panel meeting dates

The Panel meeting dates for 2021 are listed below. Meeting papers will be made available for download after each meeting.

27 October
24 November

24 November

Meeting minutes–TBA

15 December

15 December

Meeting minutes–TBA