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

It 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.

2018/19 Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Advisory Committee Annual Report

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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 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.

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. 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.

James Faithful

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.

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 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.

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).

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 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.

Jane Burton

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.

She 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.

Alan Freitag

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.

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 his role as 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 will attend Committee meetings on behalf of Gippsland Water following the resignation of former member Angelo Saridis.

Gail Gatt

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

Her 10+ year career at Latrobe City has seen her manage multimillion dollar budgets and assume 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.

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 open cut mines.

As Director of Water Resource Assessment in DELWP 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 condition 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.

Trevor has had a long career in plant operations at a variety of organisations including the SEC. Trevor holds an extensive suite of licenses and tickets as part of his role and has also obtained a Certificate 3 in Civil Construction and Plan Operations from the Caterpillar Institute in 2007.

Trevor is currently the District President of the CFMEU Mining and Energy Division – Victoria, having previously held the role of State Organiser. Trevor holds a Certificate IV in Unionism and Industrial Relations from the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

Trevor has assumed a role with the Gippsland Trades and Labour Council as a representative from the CFMEU.

John Krbaleski is the Executive Director, Earth Resources Policy & Programs with the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

John has 20 years’ experience in developing and implementing energy and resources policy in Australia and overseas.

In recent years John led the development of Victoria’s first Extractive Resources Strategy, Mineral Resources Strategy and a range of energy initiatives that have supported the deployment of over $500 million of low emission projects in Victoria.

Previous to that John led the Climate Change Authority’s review of the Renewable Energy Target and also worked on assignment for the International Energy Agency.

John holds an honours degree in Economics, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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