The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment invited members of the community to apply for the position of Chairperson for the Macquarie-Cudgegong Environmental Water Advisory Group (EWAG). The application period for the Macquarie EWAG Chairperson recruitment closed on Friday 19 February 2021.
The Macquarie-Cudgegong Environmental Water Advisory Group (EWAG) provides advice to the Department on the use of water for the environment in the Macquarie Valley. An Environmental Water Advisory Group includes agency staff and representatives of the community from landholder groups, Aboriginal communities, water users and conservation organisations.
The suitable applicant will ensure that decision-making processes are robust, and that established EWAG Terms of Reference, codes of conduct and other protocols are followed. The chairperson should make best use of the committee's knowledge, skills and experience to assist environmental water managers with annual watering priorities, adaptive management and implementation of NSW environmental watering program.
Specific capabilities include:
- Exhibit goodwill and support an inclusive and collaborative approach
- With the Department, manage probity, conflict of interest and the integrity of group processes
- Maintain an impartial reference-point for robust and respectful debate
- Communicate effectively, including the ability to listen attentively to others, absorb alternative points of view and facilitate a consensus view
- Analyse information and arguments, think critically and objectively about a complex problem and articulate a concise summary
- Employ appropriate interpersonal skills
- Have relevant experience leading boards or committees
- Have regard for Aboriginal people, culture and communities
- Lead the group to achieve its purpose and objectives by providing quality advice to the Department
The successful applicant will be appointed for a term of up to 5 years. The Environmental Water Advisory Group is expected to meet approximately 4 occasions annually (in varying regional locations) with additional field trips conducted on occasion. Please note that this is a non-salaried position. Chairs will be compensated for their time and expenses, in line with NSW Government guidelines.
For full position description for the chairperson, please see: