The Independent Expert Panel has been established to provide informed expert advice to the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) on the impact of mining activities in the Greater Sydney Water Catchment Special Areas, with a particular focus on risks to the quantity of water in the Catchment.
Advice will include, but is not confined to risks to the total water quantity and holding capacity of surface and groundwater systems, including swamps and reservoirs, and the types and reliabilities of methodologies used to predict, monitor, assess and report on mining effects, impacts and consequences.
As needed, the Independent Expert Panel will provide a source of expert advice to the Department of Planning and Environment on mining applications, including monitoring and management plans.
The Independent Expert Panel will:
Emeritus Professor Jim Galvin (Interim Chair)
Emeritus Professor (University of New South Wales) in Mining Engineering and former Member of the NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC), Professor Galvin is one of the world’s foremost experts on underground coal mining and subsidence. Professor Galvin was a member of the Independent Panel for the Southern Coalfield Inquiry (2008) and several subsequent PAC reviews of mining projects in the Southern Coalfield. He has served as Chair of the Victorian Government Technical Review Board which advises the Minister on risks presented by quarrying and mining in Victoria and is currently the Chair of the Coal Innovation NSW Ministerial Advisory Council. He has also provided peer review advice on the Dendrobium Height of Cracking Study.
Dr Ann Young
Dr Young has a PhD in Upland Swamps on the Woronora Plateau and was previously a lecturer at the University of Wollongong's School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Dr Young is the author of several academic books on environmental science, including Upland Swamps in the Sydney Region published in 2017. Over the last decade, she has made submissions to the NSW Government on the environmental assessment of underground coal mining and was a member of Community Consultative Committees at the Dendrobium and Russell Vale mines.
Professor Neil McIntyre
Professor of Regional Water and Land Resources at The University of Queensland, Professor McIntyre holds an MSc and PhD from Imperial College London. He has world-leading experience in impacts of land use and climate change on water yields, particularly in relation to mining. His roles have included serving on the British Hydrological Society committee, the Institution of Civil Engineer’s Water Expert Panel and the Steering Committee of the Commonwealth Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program.
Mr Michael Williams
Former Principal Hydrogeologist for the NSW Office of Water and recipient of the Public Service Medal (PSM), Mr Williams has 40 years of experience in the NSW public sector and is one of the most distinguished groundwater practitioners in Australia. Mr Williams had lectured at the Australian Groundwater School for over 20 years and is currently providing independent advice to the NSW Government on the Narrabri Gas Project.
Dr Chris Armstrong, Acting NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer
Dr Chris Armstrong is the Acting NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer. A recipient of the Public Service Medal (PSM), Dr Armstrong has a PhD in chemistry from the University of Sydney. Dr Armstrong has over 14 years of experience in science and research portfolios in the NSW public sector. Dr Armstrong supported the previous Chief Scientist & Engineer on topics such as Coal Seam Gas, Thirlmere Lakes, and on measuring cumulative impacts in the catchment.
Secretariat support for the Independent Expert Panel is provided by the Office of the Chief Scientist & Engineer.
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The Independent Expert Panel invites interested stakeholders from the community, industry, business and other sectors to make submissions to inform its inquiries.
Interested individuals and organisations are encouraged to make submissions.
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Note: all submissions to the Independent Expert Panel will be published on this website unless marked "Confidential".
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