The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria has appointed its first Chief Investigator.
Ernestina Di Marco will take on the Chief Investigator role and lead a team of 40 investigators across the state as part of the new Environmental Crime Branch. The branch includes surveillance experts, environmental protection officers, intelligence analysts, criminal investigators and prosecutors who will work together to detect, prevent and investigate environmental crime.
The role is part of the new EPA structure which came into effect in November. Under the structure the EPA has 759 roles, more than double the number of just six years ago.
Di Marco has 19 years’ experience in national investigations and intelligence operations with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC). She will join EPA from Emergency Management Victoria where she is currently the Manager of Cross Border and Preparedness Unit.
Lily D’Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change said fighting waste crime is critical to keeping the environment and community safe from pollution.
“I am delighted that such an accomplished investigator will be leading the authority’s efforts in tackling non-compliance.”
Lee Miezis, Environment Protection Agency Chief Executive Officer said Di Marco’s appointment creates a stronger EPA.
“She will lead a bolstered frontline across Victoria, dedicated to preventing harm to the environment and community from pollution and waste, and taking swift action when environmental laws are broken.”
For more information visit: www.premier.vic.gov.au