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MSDI Director Professor Rebekah Brown joins new EPA Governing Board


Director of Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Professor Rebekah Brown has been appointed to the Environment Protection Authority Victoria’s (EPA) new Governing Board.

The Governing Board was appointed by the Victorian Government earlier this year following an intensive selection process and commences on July 1.

Chaired by Cheryl Batagol, who is also Chair of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC), based at Monash, the Governing Board will lead EPA so it protects the environment and people by preventing and reducing harm from pollution and waste.

Ms Batagol has been Chair of the EPA - under the previous governing structure - since 2009 and will lead the new eight-person board, which also includes Mr Greg Tweedly (Deputy Chair), Professor Joan Ozanne-Smith, Mr Graeme Ford, Ross Pilling, Ms Monique Conheady and Ms Debra Russell.

The new Governing Board will also lead the EPA in implementing the Victorian Government’s response to the Independent Inquiry into the EPA which was released in January 2017.

The Victorian Government has invested $182.4 million in reforms to transform EPA into a modern regulator, equipping and resourcing it to address current and future challenges.

“This board has a fantastic cross section of experience and knowledge to help us implement our vital reforms to the EPA,” the Victorian Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, said.

EPA Chief Executive Officer, Nial Finegan said a strong board will provide the strategic direction and governance that EPA needs to become a world class environmental regulator.

“We look forward to working with the Governing Board as we continue to implement the Government’s vision for environment protection in Victoria,” he said.