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Great Artesian Basin Coordinating Committee members, December 2016

The primary role of the Committee is to provide advice from community organisations and sectoral agencies to relevant Australian, state and territory government Ministers on efficient, effective and sustainable whole-of-Basin resource management, and to coordinate activity between stakeholders.

Membership of the Committee comprises of community and sector representatives. The Committee meets each year in a range of urban and regional locations and produces an Annual report.

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Community and Sector members

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Ms Juanita Hamparsum, Chair

Juanita Hamparsum was appointed Chair of the GABCC from 4 June 2015 and has been the Regional Community Agricultural representative since 2011.

Juanita works on her family farm near Breeza producing a variety of irrigated and broadacre crops. She has a Bachelor of Business degree and is a Chartered Accountant.
Juanita has a number of different board positions utilising her professional skills in primary production, finance and accounting, corporate governance, natural resource management, research and development, economic analysis, risk management, product development, community consultation, community leadership and statutory organizations.

Juanita is currently Director of Cotton Seed Distributors, Director Namoi Cotton Limited a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of the Peter Cullen Trust.

In the past Juanita has been extensively involved with the water reform process for groundwater across the Namoi Valley and NSW and provided input into policy development for the groundwater structural adjustment program, the National Water Initiative and the Namoi Water Study. Juanita has previously been a director of the Cotton Research & Development Corporation and Namoi Catchment Management Authority, Chair of Cotton Innovation Network and Deputy Chair National Landcare Advisory Committee.

Ms Sarah Moles, Environment sector representative

Sarah has lived on a small property on Queensland's Darling Downs for almost 30 years. Her professional background is in photography and graphic design, and she has also written and edited a number of books on rivers and wetlands. Sarah has worked on environmental issues for most of the past 20 years, including involvement on many natural resource management committees, and water and vegetation planning processes. Sarah spent four years on the Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council's Community Advisory Committee; three years as a member of the The Living Murray Community Reference Group; two years as a member of the NSW Science and Information Board and five years as a Director of the Queensland Murray Darling Committee Inc. Sarah is currently a Director of Lock the Gate Ltd and a fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

Cr Cameron O'Neil, Local Government sector representative

Cameron has spent most of the past 10 years living and working in far western and south western Queensland. He is passionate about the future of regional Queensland and the contributions the next generation can make in shaping our community. Cameron calls Roma home and is the Queensland Murray Darling Committee's Natural Resource Management Development Coordinator, working across Queensland's Murray Darling catchment.

After completing a Bachelor of applied science in animal studies at the University of Queensland, Cameron worked for the former Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries before taking on roles within community run natural resource management organisations across regional Queensland.

Mr Alan Holt, Indigenous sector representative

The son of a Bidjiri Man and Iman Women of Central Queensland I was born and raised in Queensland. My working life has been an educational story, from working as a labourer, bus driver, university study and public sector worker and living in some of the most remote, majestic and diverse parts of Australia.

I'm passionate about looking after "country" and maintaining my Indigenous cultural heritage that I can pass onto my children and leave a legacy for future generations when it comes to learning about the looking after "country" learning and maintaining culture, learning and understanding people and respecting all three.

Mathew Paull, Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association representative

Mathew is the Policy Director for Queensland and New South Wales. He leads oil and gas industry input into a wide range of coal seam gas public policy issues in Queensland and New South Wales. This includes all new water regulations and legislation relating to the coal seam gas industry in Queensland, new environmental regulations for coal seam gas and new arrangements for land access.

National Farmers Federation representative

Appointment in process.

Mr Murray Tyler, Minerals Council of Australia representative

Murray has worked in the mining industry for over 30 years since graduating as a geologist. He has experience in both open pit and underground mining and with various commodities including iron ore, mineral sands and copper/gold. Murray now works as Environmental Advisor Approvals for BHP’s Olympic Dam operation. Prior to this he worked as the Senior Environmental Scientist at the Olympic Dam site, with responsibility for environmental programs and management associated with groundwater and water supply to the site. Murray has a degree in geology and a Masters degree in Environmental Management, and has been involved with the Great Artesian Basin for the past 15 years. He is also a member of the South Australian Arid Lands Natural Resource Management Board.

Mr Angus Emmott, Community representative, Environment

Angus Emmott is a third-generation pastoralist who lives on his property 'Noonbah' on the Thomson River, near Longreach in western Queensland, with his wife and two children. Angus has a passionate interest in the natural history of the Lake Eyre Basin and is internationally recognised for his contribution to museum collections. Angus is also credited with discovering a large number of new species across the channel country. Angus has had a long history of involvement in community-based natural resource management and was a founding member of the Lake Eyre Basin Coordinating Group. Angus is currently a member of Desert Channels Queensland Inc.

Mr Ed Fessey, Community representative, Agriculture

Ed runs a family sheep and cattle grazing enterprise with his wife Jill at “Bullabelalie” at Weilmoringle” on the Culgoa Floodplain, north of Brewarrina, New South Wales.

He has a deep interest in the management of our water resources and floodplains.  He has been actively involved in natural resource management as past Chair of the Brewarrina Native Vegetation Committee, serving member of the Northern Basin Advisory Committee for its period of existence from 2012 to 2016 for the Murray Darling Basin Authority, Chair of the Lower Balonne Floodplain Association and as a member of the Great Artesian Basin Coordinating Committee.

Mr Scott Mason, Community representative, Queensland

Scott Mason commenced his local government career with Monto Shire Council in 1993.  After being thoroughly exposed to every facet of council operations, he commenced a 2IC role for Gayndah Shire Council as Manager – Administration/Finance in 2000.  From there, he became Deputy CEO and then CEO of Gayndah Shire in 2003.  He served as CEO for Diamantina Shire Council, the second largest local government area in Queensland, from 2007 to 2013.  In 2013, he accepted the position of CEO for Central Highlands Regional Council, where he currently serves.

Scott is passionate about the local government industry and actively supports cooperative regional local government initiatives.  He was awarded the Queensland LGMA’s Manager of the Year Award for Leadership and Management Excellence in 2010.  He is a 2010 graduate of the Australian Applied Management Colloquium and has fulfilled roles of office for the Central Queensland LGMA, including two terms as President and participated in the 2011 Kokoda Trek – an initiative of the CQLGMA.  Scott was appointed Chair of the Queensland Great Artesian Basin Advisory Council in June 2018 for a term of three years.  He previously served on this Ministerial Advisory Council for five years in the capacity of Local Government Sector representative.

Scott has completed a Bachelor of Economics Degree through the University of New England at Armidale.  He is an Auxiliary Firefighter and competitive axeman.

He is married to Alana and father to two girls, Harper who is 3 and Monroe who is 17 months.

Mr Lynn Brake, Community representative, South Australia

Lynn has worked on numerous natural resource management projects in the outback of South Australia, Queensland, and Northern Territory over the past forty years. He was born and raised on mixed fruit and cattle country in the Rocky Mountains of Utah in the United States of America. After completing Degrees in Biology and Bio-energetics, he worked for the United States Federal Environment Protection Agency in Oregon on the effects of industrial pollution on aquatic ecosystems. He moved to South Australia in 1972 and was appointed to a teaching position resource management at the University of South Australia. He continued to teach and do research on natural resource policy and management at the University until he retired from teaching in 1996. He is now a senior research fellow of the University.

Lynn has served as a community bureaucrat on numerous boards, committees, and councils dealing with water policy and management in outback Australia for more than thirty years. He was formerly the Presiding member of the Arid Areas Catchment Water Management Board in South Australia. He was a founding member of the Great Artesian Basin Consultative Council and the Lake Eyre Basin Community Advisory Committee. He is an advisor on water policy and management for the South Australian Arid Lands (SAAL) Natural Resource Management Regional Board.

Mr Ranald Warby, Community representative, New South Wales

Ranald is a farmer and grazier who, with his wife, has resided since 1972 on "Barrakee", where they have raised their four children. Barrakee is one of 20 properties on a Bore Water Trust which is now capped and piped. He was a trustee of the Trust Bore for 10 years. He was also one of the founding members of the Bore Water Users' Association, formed in 1992, and was its chairman for 11 years.

Ranald was the Great Artesian Basin representative on the New South Wales Groundwater Policy Committee and is the landholder representative on the New South Wales Cap and Pipe the Bores Committee. He was on the New South Wales Great Artesian Basin Advisory Committee for eight years and is currently the New South Wales representative on the Great Artesian Basin Coordinating Committee. Ranald's greatest desire is to ensure that the Great Artesian Basin is preserved for future generations.