Colac community reference group formed

The inaugural Colac community reference group has been formed and will hold its first meeting this month.

Barwon Water appointed 11 local community representatives to the group who will assist in selecting a new water source for Colac.

The members of the Colac community reference group are:

  • Geoff Iles — CEO, Colac Area Health (Chair)
  • Helen Paatsch — Community member
  • Bruce Lawson — General Manager, Colac Herald
  • Glenn McVilly — Director Spence Construction
  • Tony Baldwin — Chairman Colac Area Health, Manton Group
  • Henry Bongers — Director BDH Construction
  • Anthony McDonald — Charles Stewart & Co. Real Estate
  • Hans Fankhanel — Otway Ranges Environment Network
  • Jan Greig — Upper Barwon Landcare Network
  • Lachlan Sutherland — Dairy farmer
  • Doug Chant — Dairy farmer, Victorian Farmers Federation

Community representatives will be joined by Barwon Water staff, including:

  • Justin Franklin — Water Resources Coordinator
  • Gwyn Hatton — Water Resources Planning Officer
  • Donna Gibson — Community Engagement Officer
  • Darren Milverton — Coordinator Otway Customer Service Centres


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