Sustainability Victoria Welcomes Board Appointments

The Andrews Labor Government has welcomed the appointment of a new Deputy Chairperson and four new members to the Sustainability Victoria board.

Mr Kane Thornton will serve as the board’s Deputy Chairperson for the next two years and brings a range of skills to the role, including extensive experience in the renewable energy sector.

New members on the board include Mr Peter Castellas, Ms Sarah Clarke, Mrs Judith Harris and Mr Kerry Osborne, each of whom will serve for the next five years.

The members boast considerable expertise and experience in energy and climate change, community engagement, change management, education, local government, regional affairs and knowledge of the waste industry and waste management at local government level.

The new members were appointed after an open expression of interest process that attracted a large and diverse field of candidates.

Their appointment will help support the Labor Government’s partnership with councils, local communities and environmental groups to maintain a strong focus on climate change, sustainability and the environment.

This appointment process is also an important step forward in promoting greater diversity on Victorian boards, with the Labor Government committed to achieving 50 per cent female representation at board level and encouraging more representation for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community members.

Sustainability Victoria aims to promote better resource management and facilitate practical action on climate change at community level.

Last year Sustainability Victoria launched its SV2020 strategic plan – a five-year vision to help communities develop practical, local action on climate change, resource efficiency and waste.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

“We welcome these new appointments and we’re excited to see the new Sustainability Victoria board deliver a healthier environment for local communities.”

“The more diverse and skilled our boards are, the better they will be at making balanced, informed decisions in the best interests of Victorians.”