The NSW Government has established the Williamtown Community Reference Group (CRG) to enable the community to engage directly with government agencies and experts about the Williamtown RAAF Base contamination.
The CRG provides a voice for the community to raise concerns; a further means to communicate new information to residents and consumers; and facilitate ongoing communication between the government and local community.
The CRG works in partnership with the NSW Government-appointed Expert Panel to coordinate and respond to community feedback.
NSW Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald, is tasked with coordinating information flow to elected representatives at all levels of Government, including advising the NSW Premier and the NSW Minister for the Environment about how the community wishes to be kept informed of progress.
The members of the CRG represent a broad range of local community organisations, industry, Aboriginal Land Council, as well as government agencies and Port Stephens Council.
An Elected Representatives Reference Group (ERRG) will also be established. The ERRG will advise members of outcomes from the CRG; communicate any information from State Government Agencies and the Expert Panel led by NSW Chief Scientist Professor Mary O’Kane; and assist with the flow of information between Federal and State MPs and Mayors.
The CRG met for the first time on Thursday 1 October 2015.