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The Community Consultative Committee’s role is to provide high quality advice on the interests of residential and small business customers and community groups to Gippsland Water.

It is expected that the Committee will achieve significant benefits for both residential and business customers, community groups and for Gippsland Water, through an increased understanding of customer issues and expectations.

The Community Consultative Committee focuses on matters relevant to residential and business customers and community groups.

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Meet the Community Consultative Committee

Committee Member

Bernie Rowley

Commenced: 27th August 2014

Bernie Rowley has been a member of Gippsland Water’s Community Consultative Committee since 2014. He is vice president of the Baw Baw Sustainability Network and has a strong interest in sustainability and water conservation. Bernie and his wife run the Rose and Fuschia Farm Gippsland Plant Nursery in west Gippsland. He attempts to advise all water users of the wise use of water and its limited supply and is interested in putting a further environmental voice into the operations of Gippsland Water

Committee Member

Don Blackely

Commenced: 27th August 2014

Don has been a member of Gippsland Water’s Committees since 2000.

Don has lived at Drouin since 1950 and has been involved in dairy farming and local building and development. In 1990 he became a Councillor of the Buln Buln Shire and was the last Shire President at amalgamation in 1994. He was a Councillor on the initial Baw Baw Shire Council between 1997 and 2001.

His community service record includes: 1960-74 Drouin Apex (Life Member), Drouin Cemetery Trust & various committees. Rotary Club of Drouin since 1978 where he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship 1999. The Drouin History Group and other activities including family and friends.

Don believes that as a member of Gippsland Water’s Community Consultative Committee he can be a link between the community issues and expectations and Gippsland Water’s planning and operations.

Committee Member

Margaret Guthrie

Commenced: 27th August 2014

Margaret Guthrie was appointed to Gippsland Water's Community Consultative Committee in 2014. She resides in Churchill and is involved in several local organisations there, including the Churchill & District Community Association and the Churchill & District Community Hub Advisory Board. She is also Chairperson of the Victorian Public Tenants Association, a state-wide organisation that advocates for improved public housing service delivery. Margaret's interest in participating in Gippsland Water's CCC stems from her belief that community consultation benefits consumer understanding and results in more responsive service providers.

Committee Member

Sal Testa

Commenced: 27th August 2014

Sal Testa has been a member of Gippsland Water’s Community Consultative Committee since 2014. He is a member of the Traralgon community and is active in the Latrobe Council Multicultural Advisory Committee as well as Valley POD gardening group where fruit tree grafting is a key hobby and Landcare ideals are preached and practised. Sal worked in the Pulp and Paper industry for 40 years, as a chemical Engineer. His work took him to the USA and all the eastern board capital cities in Australia, finishing up at Maryvale Mill in the Latrobe Valley, before retiring to his 5 acre property, which now provides full-time employment!. His interest in being part of Gippsland Water’s CCC is to gain a greater understanding of the services the water corporation provide and to represent his community.

Committee Member

Tom Wallace

Commenced: 27th August 2014

Tom Wallace is a member of the farming community and lives at Kilmany near Sale. Tom’s interests are agriculture, Landcare, with a long involvement with the Maffra and District Landcare Committee and the water industry. Tom has been both a member of Southern Rural Water’s advisory committee as well as a member of Gippsland Water’s Consultative Committee for a number of years.

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