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Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Advisory Committee

The Victorian Government is continuing in implementing its response to the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry with the establishment of the Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Advisory Committee (the Committee).

The Committee comprises representation from a broad range of stakeholder groups with an interest in mine rehabilitation in the Latrobe Valley.

The Committee will play a key role in community engagement and act a as conduit to broader stakeholder engagement during the life of the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy (LVRRS).

The Committee will also provide advice directly to the Minister for Resources regarding the development of the LVRRS.

Latrobe Valley community representative Susan Lloyd will serve as the inaugural Chairperson of the Committee. Ms Lloyd is a former Latrobe City councillor and brings to the role strong experience in governance making her well placed to lead the Committee in providing advice directly to the Minister for Resources on this important matter.

To contact the Committee please email lvmrac@ecodev.vic.gov.au

Minutes from the Advisory Committee meetings are available below.

Meeting 1: 

Meeting 2:

Meeting 3:

Meeting 4:

Meeting 5:

A full list of Committee members is provided below.

Ms Susan Lloyd (Chairperson), representing the Latrobe Valley community

Susan Lloyd grew up in Yinnar and watched the Hazelwood Power Station being built as a child. She has been a Board Director since 1998 across a range of health and community organisations. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Masters in Organisation Leadership. Susan has previously been an elected Local Government Councillor from 2005-2008 and has held CEO and Executive roles in regional organisations. Susan has been on each of the Environment Review Committees of the Power Stations, Australian Paper and Gippsland Water while she worked with the Environment Protection Authority. 

Susan has won 2 International leadership bursaries taking her to the UK, NZ and Sierra Leone (West Coast Africa) to share learnings about leadership and participate in the Commonwealth Local Government Forum which focused on local leadership across the Commonwealth.

Susan currently works at Federation University and local schools. She is currently on the Gippsland Coastal Board, Kooweerup Regional Health Services and is President of Latrobe Valley Volleyball.

Mr Roland Davies, representing the Latrobe Valley community

Roland Davies has lived in Gippsland for most of his life and worked in the Victorian power industry for more than 35 years, commencing his career as a communications and control systems specialist supporting large scale mining systems.

Whilst employed at AGL, Roland was accountable for leading the strategic development and pursuit of sustainable growth and diversification opportunities associated with the Loy Yang brown coal resources and research, development and demonstration of emission reduction technologies to enhance the long-term business value for AGL. Prior to leading AGL Loy Yang's business development activities, Roland managed the Loy Yang Mine's engineering and technical support functions.

Roland retired from his role as AGL's Executive Manager, Development and Projects in November 2016; in January 2017 he established Advantage Energy & Resources, a specialist provider of support services to industry. Roland is currently working on the Coal Energy Australia Advanced Lignite Demonstration Program Project in the capacity of General Manager – Projects.

In addition to being a member of the Victorian Government's Gippsland Regional Partnership, Mr Davies is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy, and a Fellow of the Gippsland Community Leadership Program.

Mr James Faithful, representing the Latrobe Valley mine operators (ENGIE)

For the past four years, James has been the Technical Services Manager at the Hazelwood Mine, a role sees him responsible for the geotechnical and hydrogeological risk management, geology, mine planning, survey and mine rehabilitation planning.

He is a Degree qualified Mining Engineer (from Monash University - Gippsland and Ballarat University) and has worked for close to 20 years in a range of mining operations and commodities throughout Australia.

James holds several statutory qualifications as well as a Master In Business Administration from Deakin University and brings to the table practical mining operations experience coupled with a well-developed technical understanding of the complexities and challenges behind rehabilitation in the Latrobe Valley brown coal mines.

Ms Sarah Gilbert, representing the Latrobe Valley mine operators (AGL)

Sarah Gilbert is currently AGL Loy Yang's Environment Business Partner, providing environmental management support and capability in order to mitigate environmental risks and continually improve environmental performance. She has an engineering background and has worked in the environment field for over 15 years, both for the environmental regulator and private industry.

Mr Ron Mether, representing the Latrobe Valley mine operators (EnergyAustralia)

Ron is responsible for the management of EnergyAustralia's Yallourn Mine which is operated under an alliance agreement with RTL providing coal to the Yallourn W Power Station which supplies around 22% of Victoria's electricity needs. Ron has over 40 years' experience in the electricity industry with over 20 years in the Yallourn mine undertaking the duties of the registered mine manager for the majority of that time. Significant mine rehabilitation works have been undertaken at Yallourn during this period.

Mr Phil Stone, representing the Latrobe City Council

Holding qualifications in management and electronics/data communications, Phil has experience in the public and private sectors in both professional services and technology roles. 

Phil joined Latrobe City Council in 2014 as General Manager, City Development. Phil has 12 years senior experience in local government in both planning and economic development.

Cr Graeme Middlemiss, representing the Latrobe City Council

Cr Graeme Middlemiss is one of Latrobe City's longest serving councillors, having served as a Councillor for two decades since being first elected in 1997.

He also has a sound understanding of the local mining and power generation industries, spending more than 30 years employed at the Loy Yang A Power Station in addition to his former role as the Victorian Vice President of the Mining and Energy Division of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU).

Mr Terry Flynn, representing Southern Rural Water

Terry Flynn is the principal hydrogeologist at Southern Rural Water with responsibilities that include reviews of the impacts of the Latrobe Valley mines on regional groundwater.

He has worked as a hydrogeologist for the past 22 years and prior to that worked as a geotechnical engineer including engineering student employment within the SEC's geotechnical division.

He is a former chair of the regional monitoring committee for the Latrobe Valley mines' licences and managed projects that have created an aquifer framework, digitised aquifer surfaces, groundwater atlases and groundwater website for southern Victoria.

He is a past chair of the Gippsland League and current President of Maffra Lawn Tennis Club.

Ms Nicole Griffin, representing Gippsland Water

Nicole is responsible for Gippsland Water's Soil and Organics Recycling Facility (SORF), the Agribusiness and also has responsibility for Asset Management, Planning and Delivery.

Nicole has worked in agribusiness for the past 22 years and has spent 8 years working in the biotechnology sector. Nicole has trained as an agronomist and spent several years in a consulting capacity in the cotton and broad acre industries. Most recently Nicole was working as the Regional Marketing Manager looking after the Asia Pacific business for Monsanto.

Nicole is currently completing her Executive MBA and has a strong interest in sustainable agricultural practices and regional economic development.

Ms Joanne Brunt, representing the Aboriginal community

Joanne Brunt is a proud Gunai woman.

Joanne is the current Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation but prior to this she was employed at Latrobe City Council for 16 years as the Employment Development Co-ordinator for the Indigenous Employment Program that brokers and facilitates pre-employment, cross cultural training and mentoring to the Koori community and employers that covers the entire Gippsland region.

Mr Tim Delany, representing the Gippsland Trades and Labour Council

Tim Delany is the Principal of Newborough Primary School and Assistant Secretary of the Gippsland Trades and Labour Council. Tim has worked in education for twenty years – as a teacher, Principal and Departmental manager. 

As an educational and community leader Tim works with colleagues across the Latrobe Valley and Victoria to ensure that the most vulnerable and disadvantaged can access high quality education and government service delivery. 

Tim lives with his family in the Latrobe Valley.

Ms Jane Burton, representing the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

As Director, Coal Resources Victoria Jane is responsible for developing integrated, comprehensive, long-term plans for the sustainable development of Victoria's coal resources and developing associated infrastructure to meet the Government's economic, social and environmental objectives.

Jane has worked in private and public sector roles for the last 25 years including: industrial chemistry, research & development, regional economic development and land use planning and town centre redevelopment. Jane spent seven years working for the Japanese Consortium - Brown Coal Liquefaction Victoria, based at their Morwell Pilot Plant in various roles including Chief Chemist.

As an industrial chemist with a Master's Degree in Chemistry, Jane is able to converse across a wide range of technical, social and planning matters and has extensive experience in design and delivery of stakeholder and community engagement strategies relating to resource development. Jane is a member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, a fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Grace Mitchell, representing the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

As Director of Water Resource Assessment in DELWP Grace leads a large team of technical specialists, responsible for providing specialist technical advice and policy input to the Minister, department, Government agencies, the water industry and community relating to surface and groundwater availability and condition and the hydrologic risks posed by change in climate and catchment conditions.

Grace has over 20 years' experience in the water industry, spanning roles in research and academia as well as state and federal government.

Mr Alan Freitag, representing the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

As Manager Regional Planning Services Gippsland in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Alan is responsible for managing the Region's planning system to support growth and enhance liveability.

Alan is involved in cross departmental liaison through the Planning in the Economic Growth Zone project. Past achievements include the development of the Regional Growth Plan, the Ninety Mile Beach Subdivision voluntary adjustment scheme, award winning Coastal Design Framework Plans and Environmental Effects Statement assessments on a range of energy related projects.