News | 7th Mar, 2013

Waves over Snowy science

7 March 2013
Lyndal Reading, Weekly Times


A new advisory committee for the Snowy River has been slammed for lacking independence.

NSW Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson said last week the Snowy Scientific Committee would be replaced with an advisory committee.

She said the change would allow greater input from experts on hydrological and environmental issues.

The former six-member scientific committee included an independent scientist and a member representing environmental groups and was funded by the NSW Government.

The Government is seeking the public's views on the membership of the new committee.

Snowy River Alliance spokeswoman Acacia Rose said the former scientific committee was completely impartial and independent from the minister and the NSW Office of Water.

"Their advice was not always what the Government wanted to hear," Ms Rose said.

"But they were not properly funded and that meant they could not do the necessary scientific work.

"They had barely enough monitor to look at the effectiveness of environmental releases."

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