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Environment Protection Authority

Upper Hunter Air Quality Advisory Committee

In September 2010, the NSW Government established an Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network Advisory Committee to advise on the design and operation of an air quality monitoring network in that region. The committee members represent the interests of the local community, the coal mining and power generation industries, non-coal industries, local councils, NSW Health and the Department of Planning and Environment.

The 14-station network was completed by early 2012, providing air quality information in near real time to the public on the Office of Environment and Heritage website. The term of the first committee expired in November 2013.

In November 2013, the Minister for the Environment formalised the committee under the NSW Protection of the Environment Administration Act 1991. The terms of reference and composition of the committee were unchanged from the founding Committee.

Members of the founding committee were invited to re-apply and expressions of interest were called for some vacant positions.

In February 2015, following a request from the committee, the EPA agreed to broaden the Committee's Terms of Reference to include advising more broadly on regional air quality issues. The committee's name has been changed to the Upper Hunter Air Quality Advisory Committee to better reflect its new charter.

The committee comprises 14 members. The committee membership was chosen to represent a broad range of views to ensure a balanced approach to the operation of the air quality monitoring network and the management of regional air quality issues.

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference and Constitution (PDF 125KB) support and guide the activities of the Advisory Committee.

Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network Advisory Committee membership

Independent Chair

John Tate

John Tate

Mr Tate is the proprietor of a local automotive industry company and has extensive experience in small business. John served as a councillor for the City of Newcastle from 1980 and was popularly elected as Lord Mayor of Newcastle in 1999, to his retirement in 2012. John served as Chair of the Hunter Economic Development Corporation, and as the Deputy Chair of Regional Development Australia - Hunter. He has been a director of the Regional Land Management Corporation, the Newcastle Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Honeysuckle Development Corporation and Hunter Development Corporation.

Minister's community representative

Lindy Hyam

Lindy Hyam

Ms Hyam is a consultant providing strategic business and leadership advisory services. Lindy served as General Manager of Singleton and Newcastle councils during which time she worked closely with the community and mining related organisations along the supply chain in the Hunter Valley and organisations with a focus on environmental issues. Lindy also served as a Board Member of Hunter Councils and Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism. Previously Lindy held roles including the Executive Director of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission and CEO and Board roles for a number of agricultural Commonwealth statutory bodies in Australia and New Zealand.

Community representatives

John Krey

John Krey

Mr Krey has served as a community representative on the committee since 2014. John is president of the Bulga Milbrodale Progress Association.

Lyn MacBain

Lyn MacBain

Ms MacBain has been a member of the committee since its inception in 2011. Formerly representing Singleton Council until 2013, Lyn is currently a community representative. Lyn is a member of the Singleton Healthy Environment Group, amid her many interests. Lyn has a long standing commitment to raising awareness of air quality, environmental and heritage issues in the Singleton Shire and the Upper Hunter.

Geoffrey Sharrock

Geoffrey Sharrock

Mr Sharrock joined the committee as a community representative in 2013. Geoff has lived the Hunter Valley since 1985. Geoff served as a councillor on the Singleton Shire Council from 2004 to 2008. Geoff is Chair of the Broke-Fordwich Private Irrigation District. He was the inaugural Chair of The Alliance, a community liaison group for the communities of Broke, Fordwich, Bulga and Milbrodale.

Coal mining industry representatives

Andrew Speechly

Andrew Speechly

Mr Speechly is Manager of Environment and Community with Coal and Allied Operations in the Hunter Valley. In this role, Andrew is responsible for environmental performance and community programmes, including air quality monitoring. Andrew has 17 years' experience in mining environmental management across alumina, nickel, uranium and coal operations in Australia. Andrew has represented the coal industry on the committee since 2012.

John Watson

John Watson

Mr Watson is the Environment and Climate Change Manager for Glencore Coal Assets Australia and has been in this role since 2009. John is responsible for liaison with Glencore's NSW operations and driving improvement in the areas of compliance and assurance, air, water and noise management, as well as energy and greenhouse data management across Glencore's Australian coal assets. John has represented the coal industry on the committee since its inception in 2011.

Power industry representative

Morgana Gidley-Baird

Morgana Gidley-Baird

Ms Gidley-Baird is Environment Manager at AGL Macquarie's Bayswater and Liddell power stations near Muswellbrook. Morgana is responsible for environmental compliance at the power stations and for driving continual improvement programs for air, water and waste management. Morgana has over 10 years' experience in the mining, construction and power generation industries. Morgana has represented the power generation industry on the committee since 2015.

Equine industry representative

Dr Catherine Chicken

Catherine Chicken

Dr Chicken holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Veterinary Microbiology. Catherine is a consultant to the Scone Equine Hospital on pathology and infectious disease, a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in medicine of horses, a former member of Equine Veterinarians Australia Executive, a previous Scientific Editor of the Australian Equine Veterinarian and a former Superintendent of Scone Equine Hospital Clovelly ICU. Catherine heads the Scone Equine Group Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. Catherine has worked in mixed and equine practice in Australia and England and in stud practice at Newmarket Equine Hospital. Catherine is based at the Scone Equine Hospital Laboratory and consults to various farms in the investigation of specific disease outbreaks. Catherine has served on the committee since 2013.

Upper Hunter Shire Council representative

Wayne Bedggood

Wayne Bedggood

Mayor Bedggood represents Upper Hunter Shire on the committee. Wayne is an Upper Hunter Shire councillor and has been Mayor since 2015. Wayne is General Manager of a large thoroughbred horse stud outside of Scone. Wayne is a committee member of the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (Past President), a director of the Muswellbrook Race Club, Vice-chairman of the Scone Volunteer Support Group for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and Chairman of the Transcare Board. Wayne is committed to environmental conservation and protection and played a major role in the development of the Hunter Great Eastern Ranges Initiative. Wayne represented the equine industry on the Committee from its inception to 2013.

Muswellbrook Shire Council

To be advised.

Singleton Shire Council representative

Hollee Jenkins

Hollee Jenkins

Concillor Jenkins has represented Singleton Shire Council on the committee since 2015. Hollee is operations manager for an installations company. Hollee serves on Council's Roads Committee, the Youth Programs Advisory Committee, the Association of Mine Related Councils, the Hunter Valley Community Consultative Committee, and Redbank Power Community Consultative Committee.

NSW Health

Dr Craig Dalton

Craig Dalton

Dr Dalton is a public health physician at Hunter New England Health and Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School Medical Practice and Public Health, University of Newcastle. Craig has been involved in human health risk assessment and communication related to a wide range of environmental health issues in the Hunter since 1997.

NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure

Ben Harrison

Ben Harrison

Mr Harrison is Director Compliance - Operations at the Department of Planning and Environment. Ben has over 12 years' experience in environmental regulation across multiple industry types including mining, quarrying and infrastructure projects.

Meeting minutes

If you would like to know more about the matters that the committee has been considering, please refer to the minutes below:

Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Reports

Current monitoring results

For current monitoring results, go to the map of the Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network.

Air quality seasonal newsletters

For air quality seasonal newsletters, go to Upper Hunter monitoring reports.

Performance reports

For annual performance reports on the network, go to Upper Hunter Monitoring Reports.

Related sites

For more information on the monitoring network itself, visit the Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network webpage.

If you are interested in health-related issues, visit NSW Health.

If you are interested in issues relating to the planning or development approval process, visit the NSW Department of Planning and Environment website.

If you have comments or feedback on the Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network please email:

Page last updated: 15 August 2017