Snowy committee row continues

THE community will have a greater say in the management of environmental flows in the Snowy River with the re-configuration of the Snowy Scientific Committee to an Advisory Committee, according to the Member for Monaro John Barilaro.

He said legislation that passed through state Parliament last week would establish a new, more representative committee balancing community representation with scientific and technical expertise.

"This is a commonsense approach that enables a wide range of relevant groups to have an input into the development of an environmental flow strategy for the Snowy River," Mr Barilaro said.

Mr Barilaro said the former Snowy Scientific Committee had a limited membership and focused on ecological and scientific issues only surrounding flow releases from Jindabyne Dam and failed to meet its obligations under the Act to produce a State of the Environment Report annually.

"The new committee will include NSW and Victorian government specialists, four local community representatives, one representative from an environmental organisation, two Aboriginal representatives and a representative from Snowy Hydro Limited.

"The Snowy Advisory Committee will provide the important function of advising on both the timing and patterns of the annual release of environmental water recovered under the Snowy water licence.

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