Community engagement

For information on the Community Reference Group discussions and actions, as well as any broader community engagement activities.

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Williamtown Community Reference Group

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.

The CRG met for the first time on Thursday 1 October 2015.

The members of the CRG represent a broad range of local community organisations and industry, as well as NSW Government agencies and Port Stephen’s Council. 

Community representatives

  • Cain Gorfine
  • Lindsay Clout
  • Justin Hamilton
  • Nick Marshall
  • Kim Smith
  • John Donahoo
  • Sue Walker

Industry representatives

  • Robert Gauta
  • Phil Blanch
  • Don Burgoyne
  • Leanne Sansom
  • Michelle Earnshaw

The CRG is supported by advisors from the relevant agencies, including:

  • NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet – Chair and Secretariat
  • NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA)
  • NSW Health
  • NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH)
  • NSW Department of Industry (Fisheries and Agriculture)
  • Hunter Water Corporation
  • Port Stephens Council
  • Department of Defence (PFAS Coordination Unit and local liaison staff)
  • Williamtown RAAF Base
  • PFAS Taskforce, Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy (DoEE)
  • Commonwealth Department of Human Services
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