13 September 2011

Bob Neil's appointment announced.

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We noted on Sunday that Bob Neil had been appointed Commissioner for the Environment.

Today Simon Corbell has announced the appointment:

Mr Bob Neil has been appointed to act in the position of Commissioner for the Environment for six months, effective immediately, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development Simon Corbell announced today.

Mr Neil replaces Dr Maxine Cooper, who has commenced her role as the ACT Auditor General.

“Mr Neil has extensive experience in the ACT Public Service, particularly in the areas of environment protection, regulation and investigations, environment and water policy, water resource, heritage and nature conservation management, and administration of urban tree and public place protection.

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WOW, a media release at last. A bit late I would say.

I agree with housebound. In typical style the Government only respond after it has been noted here on the Riot Act. I’ve known for some time that the Riot Act is the place to find out what’s happening around this place.

Administration of Urban Trees…. hasn’t that meant, in recent times, trying to get rid of as many of them as possible before the locals put a stop to it?

No. I think it is disorganisation. It has happened before.

It is a position with statutory independence, so you would have to be careful with your choice of commissioner. Can a public servant be genuinely independent?

Wow – a long term appointment. Does this mean the seat is being kept warm for somebody else ?
I wonder who.

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