The Victorian EPA is seeking a new chairperson after Cheryl Batagol announced she would not pursue a term extension in June.
Environment Minister Lily D’ambrosio is now seeking expression of interest for chairperson and EPA Governing Board appointments.
These appointments are expected to commence from 1 July 2020 for a term not exceeding five years, as determined by the minister.
Ms Batagol said it had been a pleasure and privilege to serve as EPA chairperson for more than 10 years.
“I have been privileged to lead the board through a significant period of transition, and I have every confidence EPA is well positioned to deliver on the Victorian Government’s response to the EPA Inquiry and continue on a path of continuous improvement,” Ms Batagol said.
“EPA will be entering an exciting new era with the commencement of Victoria’s new, world-leading environment laws on 1 July, and it is fitting a new chairperson oversee the next chapter.”
Ms Batagol thanked EPA Cheif Executive Cathy Wilkinson and the executive team for their commitment to service.
“Being the inaugural chairperson of EPA’s statutory Governing Board, which was established on 1 July 2018, has been an absolute honour – and I would like to thank my esteemed colleagues for their support and commitment to EPA and its once-in-a-generation reforms,” Ms Batagol said.
“Prior to this, I was a standalone chair and then chairperson of EPA’s Interim Advisory Board. Having a full statutory board has brought stronger governance and greater diversity, which we are now seeing the benefits of.”