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Stakeholder Reference Group

What is the Stakeholder Reference Group (SRG)?

The group provides a forum for Earth Resources Regulation (ERR) to consult on statutory, regulatory, stakeholder relations issues and activities impacted by current policy and regulation.

The Stakeholder Reference Group (SRG) meets six times a year and prepares an annual work program.

Working groups may be established either for a fixed period or purpose, or on an ongoing basis if required. 

What is the purpose of the group?

The group has two main purposes.

These are:

  • to enhance certainty for industry investment
  • to build community confidence in Victoria's mining and resources sector.

Learn more about the role of the SRG by reading the Terms of Reference documents. 

The SRG does not consult with stakeholders on the Government's strategic policy and legislative priorities. These matters are subject to the Earth Resources Ministerial Advisory Council (ERMAC) and other public consultation processes. 

Who are the group members?

The group includes representatives from industry, environment, planning and community associations and groups. ERR is currently identifying suitable candidates to represent environment groups.

The current members of the Stakeholder Reference Group are listed below.


Nominating organisation

Peter Betson (Chair)

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) (A/Deputy Secretary, Resources)

Ross McGowan

Earth Resources Regulation (Executive Director)

Belinda Lowing

Earth Resources Regulation (A/Director, Stakeholder Relations and Strategy)

Tony Robinson

Earth Resources Regulation (Director, Regulatory Compliance)

Duncan Pendrigh

Earth Resources Regulation (Director, Statutory Authorisations)

Kirsty Henry

Earth Resources Policy and Programs (Senior Manager,
Policy and Legislation Reform)

Brian Hauser

Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia (CMPA) (State Director, Victoria and Tasmania Division)

Elizabeth Gibson

Construction Materials Processors Association (CMPA) (General Manager)

Jillian D'Urso

Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) (Senior Advisor Stakeholder Relations, Victoria)

Noel Laidlaw

The Prospectors and Miners Association of Victoria (PMAV) (Member and Advisor)

Tim Peggie

Victorian Planning Authority (Lead Director, Regional)

Nicole Hunter


Michelle Croughan

Municipal Association of Victoria (Manager, Planning and Building)

Ann KirwanDepartment of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) (Program Manager Latrobe Mine Rehabilitation Land Use Strategy)

Annual work program

At the first meeting members agree on priorities and set an annual work program. Working groups are established reporting to the SRG to action these priorities.

The work program priorities identified for 2016-17 are listed below.

Risk-based work plans

Department Lead: Duncan Pendrigh

Identify risk-based priorities and develop a plan to support integration with industry.

Approval processes

Department Lead: Duncan Pendrigh

Review approval processes and communicate improvements including training.

Resource Rights Allocation and Management (RRAM) portal

Department Lead: Belinda Lowing

Modernise system usability incorporating a continuous improvement process.

Public reporting and data requirements

Department Lead: Belinda Lowing

Develop contemporary industry reporting requirements and transparency in decision making.

ERR website

Department Lead: Belinda Lowing

Revise and improve website content and establish a publication schedule.

Stakeholder engagement

Department Lead: Belinda Lowing

Implement the stakeholder engagement strategy.

Guidelines – Development and review

Department Lead: Belinda Lowing

Develop a program to review and improve guidelines using stakeholder feedback.