Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Advisory Committee

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

The Committee was established in late 2016 to support the development of the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy (LVRRS). It played a key role in community engagement and acted a as conduit to broader stakeholder engagement during the life of the LVRRS Project. With the LVRRS now prepared, Committee members’ terms of appointment have been extended for six months until December 2020 to support the early implementation of the Strategy and share knowledge with the board of the Mine Land Rehabilitation Authority in its formative months.

Latrobe Valley community representative Susan Lloyd serves as the chairperson of the Committee.

Meeting Minutes

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Committee members

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Susan Lloyd

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 Organisational 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 two 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 serves as a Board Director of the New Zealand Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the West Gippsland Healthcare Group.

Roland Davies.

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.

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. He is also the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Gippsland community support organisation Quantum Support Services.

James Faithful

For the past several years, James has been the Technical Services Manager at the Hazelwood Mine, a role that 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 of 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 regarding rehabilitation of the Latrobe Valley brown coal mines.

Sarah Gilbert

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.

Ron Mether

Ron was most recently 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 were undertaken at Yallourn during this period.

Graeme Middlemiss

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).

Gail Gatt

Gail brings close to three decades of experience in local and state government to her current role as General Manager, Regional Growth and City Investment at Latrobe City Council.

In more than a decade at Latrobe City, Gail has managed multimillion dollar budgets and held responsibility for a range of Council functions including planning, recreation and leisure facilities and business development.

Gail holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma of Education.

Terry Flynn

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 State Electricity Commission of Victoria's (SECV) 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.

Troy McDonald

Troy McDonald represents the Aboriginal community on the Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Advisory Committee and has lived and worked in Gippsland and Melbourne for many years. Troy’s skills have been developed in the health and human services, planning and public service sectors.

Troy worked on the Victorian Government’s Water Policy Framework, Water for Victoria and was instrumental in driving the Government’s policy commitments regarding Aboriginal values and use as it relates to the Victorian Water Entitlement Framework. These skills have broad application to many organisational contexts.

In 2014 Troy also was deployed on operational service with the Royal Australian Army which has also enabled broader insights to his varied professional roles.

Troy has worked in Emergency Management Planning within the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services as well as working on projects which have assisted communities via the Gippsland Flood Recovery Fund in 2007.

Troy has also worked in construction and mining as a rigger and scaffolder has past experience working within all of the Latrobe Valley's brown coal mines.

Anne Murphy Anne Murphy is a lifetime resident of the Latrobe Valley, namely Traralgon and has a large number of family members that have worked in and around the power industry, namely her husband, father, brothers-in-law and friends, as is the case for a lot of Latrobe Valley residents. Prior to moving interstate, Anne’s father operated a family business that built a number of bridges across Gippsland.  Anne has lived and worked exclusively in the Latrobe Valley and greater Gippsland her whole working career in a wide range of industries including State and Federal Government, the medical industry, insurance and office administration through to being a union organiser for the Gippsland region in the health industry.

Anne is currently the President of Gippsland Trades and Labour Council and has an active interest in the community in which she lives, as well as a keen interest in the shape of the Latrobe Valley and greater Gippsland going forward.

Anne has raised her family in Traralgon and while they’ve all moved interstate now, Anne says that Gippsland has provided quite well for her children, including her daughter receiving her nursing degree and post-graduate qualification from Monash University in Gippsland as well as her son being drafted to the Fremantle Football Club in 2003.

Chris Wood

Chris Wood grew up in Morwell and started his career in the power industry where he worked as a Scientific Officer.

After leaving the power industry, Chris moved into the private sector for 10 years. During this period in the private sector Chris was a partner in an environmental testing, consulting and engineering company. The services included water and wastewater testing, environmental and engineering consultancy, air quality monitoring and asbestos audits and associated testing.

While as a partner in the private sector Chris expanded the company operations to provide services to regional centres including the Latrobe Valley such is his commitment to regional Victoria.

Chris moved back to the Latrobe Valley to work for Gippsland Water where he has been employed for 15 years and is currently the Manager Water Treatment Quality and Catchment.

Chris holds Bachelor Degree in Applied Science and an Associate Diploma in Environmental Engineering.

Chris is passionate about Gippsland and is excited about contributing to the ongoing liveability of the region as part of the Gippsland Water management team.

Chris attends Committee meetings on behalf of Gippsland Water following the resignation of former member Angelo Saridis.

Tony HicksLoy Yang B Power Station General Manager, Tony Hicks has worked in the power industry for over 30 years, starting his career with the successful completion of a Certificate of Technology, Power Plant Operation from Yallourn College in 1985.

Born and raised in Morwell, Tony has three children, Dane, Emerson and Charlotte. Outside of work, he spends his time watching his kids play football and netball; and enjoys the occasional game of golf. Tony also enjoys watching the Tigers play when he can.

A keen sportsman, Tony has played football for Morwell, Churchill and Yinnar football clubs and has served on the committee of the Yinnar Football Netball Club.

Also an active community member, Tony has invested time as a Coordinator for Auskick, a junior football coach, Yinnar Primary School Council President and is a graduate of the Gippsland Community Leadership program.

Throughout his career Tony has been recognised as a strong team player. He is an excellent problem solver, has a people-orientated style with strong communication skills. Tony also has a strong focus on delivering sustainable business outcomes.

Tony first commissioned Loy Yang B Unit 1 in 1993 as an Op tech, rising to Station Shift Supervisor at Loy Yang B under Edison Mission Energy. In 2007 Tony moved over to Hazelwood power station, taking on the role of Production Manager for International Power, and was then Station Director at Hazelwood until 2016, when he returned to Loy Yang B as General Manager.

As General Manager, Tony is currently responsible for leading a workforce of approximately 200 permanent and contract personnel at Loy Yang B and reports directly to the Latrobe Valley power board, a Chow Tai Fook associated company.

Jane BurtonJane Burton has close to three decades of public and private sector experience spanning roles in industrial chemistry, research and development, regional economic development and land use planning.

In her current role as Executive Director, Earth Resources Policy and Programs, within the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Jane oversees a large team of staff delivering a diverse range of projects and initiatives. This includes:

  • Policy and legislative reform within Victoria’s earth resources sector;
  • Integrated and comprehensive long-term planning for the sustainable development of Victoria’s brown coal resources in line with the Victorian Government’s Statement on Future Uses of Brown Coal;
  • Investment attraction to facilitate responsible development of the State’s mineral resources; and
  • Strategic planning for the state’s extractive resources to support infrastructure development.

Jane also has extensive experience in the design and delivery of community and stakeholder engagement programs relating to resource development and town planning and urban development.

She holds a Masters Degree in Chemistry as well as being a member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, a fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Minerals Council of Australia’s Exceptional Woman in Resources Award Winner for Victoria in 2019.

Jane is also a Deputy Chair of the Board of Director at Quantum Support Services which provides support to some of Gippsland’s most vulnerable individuals.

Alan FreitagAs 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.

Anna MayAs Director Water Resource Assessment and Planning within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Anna 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 conditions and the hydrologic risks posed by change in climate and catchment conditions.

Anna has over 15 years’ experience in the water industry, spanning roles across water corporations, private sector, state and local government.

Anthony FeiglAs Acting Director of Coal Resources Victoria in DJPR, Anthony is responsible for leading a team to deliver the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy, in addition to a major review of coal protections under the Victoria Planning Provisions and implementation of the Victorian Government’s Statement on Future Uses of Brown Coal.

Anthony has over 20 years’ experience in geoscientific and environmental studies, including the Victorian Brown Coal Review, the Victorian Water Science Studies for Onshore Gas, and components of the Gippsland Basin BioregionalAssessment. He has lived and worked in the Latrobe Valley, where he provided technical support to Latrobe Valley coal mine operators on aquifer depressurisation programs, and has significant international experience in the UK, Middle East and east Asia.

Anthony holds a Master of Engineering in hydrogeology and a Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences.

Contact the committee

E: lvmrac@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

Page last updated: 27 Aug 2020