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2020 NSW Northern Murray-Darling Basin First Flush Assessment - Independent Panel presents draft report findings and recommendations

When: This webinar was held on Monday, July 27, 2020
Presenters: Independent Panel, Dr Wendy Craik and Mr Greg Claydon
Facilitator: Mr Garry Smith

About the Webinar

In mid-January to early February 2020, the NSW Government put in place water restrictions to manage the first major water flows following rainfall across the northern Murray-Darling Basin after record drought conditions (the ‘first flush’ event). This was the first time NSW managed a first flush event under these conditions. The NSW Government appointed an Independent Panel, Dr Wendy Craik and Mr Greg Claydon, to assess what improvements can be made to better manage events like this in future.

The Independent Panel have released their draft report for the assessment. The Panel will present their key findings and recommendations from their draft report. The community will have an opportunity to listen to the Panel’s update and ask questions.

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Dr Wendy Craik
Dr Wendy Craik has over 25 years' experience in senior public policy roles. She is Chair of the Climate Change Authority and a board member of the Reserve Bank of Australia and Australian Farm Institute.

Mr Greg Claydon

Mr Greg Claydon has extensive water industry and natural resources management knowledge, experience and achievements built on roles as a senior executive with Queensland and Western Australia state government water, environment and natural resources agencies.

Mr Garry Smith

Garry’s skills and expertise have been developed through his extensive work experience both with DG Consulting and with Goulburn-Murray Water, Australia’s largest rural water services provider, and are supplemented by strong exposure and involvement in water issues across the Murray Darling Basin and into southern Victoria.  

In addition, Garry is a Director of Melbourne Water (since 2012), Chair of the Sampson Leadership Trust and a Director of the Greater Shepparton Foundation.  He has also previously been a member of the Water Accounting Standards Board, a Director of the eWater Cooperative research Centre and a member of the Advisory Board for the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training.

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