Dams Safety NSW Board Meeting No 8 - 23 June 2020
Location: Remote via Microsoft Teams
Time 9.30am to 1.30pm
Invitees - Ross Carter (Chair), Alex Fisher (Deputy Chair), Eric de Rooy (Member), Shane McGrath, Rob O'Neill, John Stacpoole, Chris Salkovic (CEO Dams Safety NSW), Peter Skehan (Secretariat)
Dam Safety NSW staff attendees - Margaret Hynes (Capability Manager), Peter Boyd (Governance & Assurance Manager), Asim Chohan (Operations Manager)
Minutes: Peter Skehan
Approved: 28 July 2020
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Appointed Members only discussion
Item opened to appointed Members only.
Acknowledgement to country and welcome - Chair DSNSW
The Chair acknowledged the traditional owners and welcomed all in attendance.
Conflicts of Interest - Chair, DSNSW
Shane McGrath informed Members that he assisted in the consequence category assessments for dams owned by Energy Australia. The Members noted Mr McGrath’s involvement and that this was an information item only
Minutes and actions from previous meeting - Secretariat, DSNSW
Minutes and actions from the previous meeting were accepted pending minor edits to action list.
CEO Update - CEO DSNSW
CEO presented his update which included:
Finance and Delegations
Mining near declared dams - Peter Boyd
Peter Boyd updated Members on the status of the Mining Near Declared Dams Guideline. The Guideline is now published with recommended adjustments taken into account.
Peter presented an overview of the changes in mining notification areas near dams between the Dams Safety Act 1978 and the Dams Safety Act 2015. He also presented issues surrounding notification areas related to the Mining Act 1992 and how this effects current projects.
Management advised they will be undertaking a notification area review.
Strategic Risk Deep Dive Emergency Management - CEO DSNSW
CEO presented a deep dive on the strategic risk ‘DSNSW does not respond effectively to a major safety incident’.
Members expressed a desire for these risks to be presented in greater depth and deferred discussion until the July meeting.
Interim Stakeholder Engagement Strategy - Margaret Hynes
Margaret Hynes presented the Interim Stakeholder Engagement Strategy identifying areas where adjustments were made in response to recommendations from Members.
The Strategy was accepted by the Members.
Paradise and Michigan Dam Failures & CEO Performance Plan - CEO DSNSW
CEO presented an overview of the Paradise (QLD, Australia) and Michigan (USA) dam failures and outlined the key reasons for the failures and how DSNSW could prevent a similar incident.
The CEO presented a revised Performance and Development Plan (PDP) considering recent feedback from members.
PDP to be further assessed offline by Members
First six months in review Appointed Members only
Item opened to Appointed Members only.
Next meeting: 28 July 2020. Remote