DAYS after becoming NSW’s most senior water bureaucrat, Charlie Dowsett had one message for an angry lower Darling community yesterday: “Don’t judge me on the sins of the past.”
The new DPI deputy-director general was this week appointed to take over from Gavin Hanlon, who has been stood down and faces misconduct procedures over allegations he provided confidential information to a select group of irrigation lobbyists.
Mr Dowsett pledged his department would improve its efforts to consult with communities in front of about 100 people gathered at yesterday’s public meeting in Pooncarie.
Ken Matthews’ report into water management in NSW, released this week, found the overall standard of compliance and enforcement work across the state had been poor and that metering and measurements of water extraction in the Barwon-Darling system were below standards.
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