Who is involved
The Snowy Advisory Committee (SAC) has 8 representatives from diverse backgrounds including Aboriginal community, local community, environmental interests and the NSW and Victorian governments. The committee is chaired independently by Emeritus Professor John Rodger.
SAC Chair, Professor John Rodger, said ‘the Snowy Advisory Committee provides for greater transparency and involvement in planning and annual delivery of water for the environment to the Snowy River and Snowy montane rivers to improve their health’.
‘The committee includes representatives with a wealth of cultural and local knowledge and an enduring passion for ensuring the ongoing health of these unique rivers.
In July 2018, the Minister for Regional Water appointed the SAC under the Snowy Hydro Corporatisation Act 1997. Membership is based on the contribution individual members can make to connecting local and expert advice to agency work for the delivery the Snowy River Increased Flows (SRIF) and Snowy Montane Rivers Increased Flows (SMRIF).
The SAC is responsible for providing advice to DPIE and the Water Administration Ministerial Corporation each year on the timing and annual pattern of release of water to the Snowy and montane rivers, as administered under the Snowy Water Licence.
DPIE–Biodiversity, Conservation & Science (DPIE–BC&S) provides DPIE–Water with the SAC advice and a daily release pattern for the environmental water available under the SRIF and SMRIF. DPIE–Water then directs inclusion of the release requirements into Snowy Hydro Limited’s Annual Water Operating Plan prepared as a Snowy Water Licence requirement, commencing 1 May each year.
DPIE–BC&S also develops and publishes an annual plan for the Snowy and montane rivers in consultation with Snowy Hydro, the SAC, and other relevant agencies. Planning for the year ahead begins in November of each year, when an indicative allocation of water available on the Snowy licences can be forecast for the year ahead with some certainty.
DPIE–BC&S and SAC input to the Snowy annual water operating plan is completed by February for the following water year, from 1 May to 30 April of any given year.
Each January, DPIE–Water provides DPIE–BC&S with the amount of water that will be available for the Snowy River and the pro-rata gigawatt hour allocation for the Snowy montane rivers for the following water year.