Environment Victoria today congratulated John Thwaites on his achievements as environment and water minister in the Bracks government.
“Minister Thwaites has advanced the protection and restoration of Victoria’s unique environment. He has been an outstanding minister for the environment, water and climate change – we hope he will continue to be a champion for the environment in his new life outside politics,” said Kelly O’Shanassy Chief Executive Officer of Environment Victoria.
“Minister Thwaites set the standard for future environment and water ministers. He gave the environment and water portfolio the energy, intelligence and leadership it was crying out for”, said Ms O’Shanassy.
“Future Victorians will benefit from cleaner water and healthier rivers because of the leadership Minister Thwaites has shown. He was a Minister who would listen to new ideas and challenge accepted wisdom. We may not always have seen eye-to-eye, but there was no doubt that he had a genuine commitment to restoring rivers and making them places Victorians could be proud of”, said Dr Sinclair.
Key environmental legacies of Bracks Government:
“We look forward to working with the new Premier and Minister for Environment, Water and Climate Change to meet the environmental challenges facing Victoria,” said Ms O’Shanassy
The key environmental challenges facing the new Premier and Minister will be: