Hunter River Salinity Trading Scheme

EPA calls for nominations to join Hunter River Committee.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is calling for nominations from local industry and environment groups to join the Hunter River Salinity Trading Scheme Operations Committee.

The Scheme ensures the Hunter River’s water quality is suitable for agriculture. It does this by monitoring water salinity and using economic incentives to regulate flows of salty water into Hunter River.

The nine-person Operations Committee typically meets twice a year to provide advice and discuss matters relating to the operation of the Scheme.

EPA Executive Director Regulatory Operations Carmen Dwyer said the Scheme is world-leading in its use of economic incentives for the effective protection of waterways.

Since it commenced in 2002, the Scheme has been responsible for restoring the waters of the Hunter to an unprecedented level of health,” Ms Dwyer said

The Operations Committee’s current term of office expires in September 2021 and new members will be appointed for a three-year term.

Its membership includes seven members representing the interests of licence holders, irrigation water users and environmental interests within the Hunter River catchment, a Local Land Services board member and a representative from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. The members advise the EPA on the operation and the performance of the Hunter River Salinity Trading Scheme.

The EPA welcomes applications from candidates who can demonstrate an understanding of the Hunter River Salinity Trading Scheme and a commitment to protecting the environmental, social and economic values of the Hunter River.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 8 September 2021.

Further information, including a copy of the application, is available on the EPA’s website: www.epa.nsw.gov.au.

For specific enquiries email hunter.region@epa.nsw.gov.au.