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Environmental Strategy Advisory Panel (ESAP)

The Environmental Strategy Advisory Panel (ESAP) provides independent advice to the Winton Wetlands Committee of Management.


ESAP’s membership consists of a skills-based group with an independent chair appointed by the Committee of Management. The Panel will usually have a maximum of six independent scientific members including a chair and in addition up to two community members. In addition, one or two members of the Committee of Management may be delegated to take up positions on the Environmental Strategy Advisory Panel. Additional Community members can join via an EOI to ESAP to and then a recommendation will be made to the Committee of Management.


Advise the Committee of Management on the best ways to address the following challenges and opportunities:

  • Ensuring that ecological restoration is well informed, strategic and innovative
  • To provide independent advice for developing a research program that is designed to best deliver the aims of the project.
  • Identifying research and education opportunities on site that will provide broader community benefits.
  • Identifying monitoring programs that will identify emerging risks and tell the story of renewal.
  • Identifying best purpose land use on the site.
  • Encouraging community involvement operationalised through our strategic with an education focus.
  • Ensuring that the research program has scientific rigour, easily understood, and focused on areas of high ecological value.
  • Assuring that scientific work, technical monitoring and information management is of an appropriate standard for delivery of key outcomes.

Current Members:

  • Professor Max Finlayson (Chair)
  • Michelle Casanova (Federation University)
  • Professor Peter Gell (Federation Univeristy)
  • Catherine Allan (Charles Sturt University)
  • Susan Campbell (Community Member)
  • Jane Roots (DEECA)
  • Dr Dennis O’Brien (Interim CEO Winton Wetlands)
  • Lindy Allen (Chair, Winton Wetlands Committee of Management)

ESAP Members

Max Finlayson

Max Finlayson is a wetland ecologist with extensive international experience in wetland management and restoration, including addressing problems arising from water pollution, invasive species, impacts

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Peter Gell

Peter Gell is an ecologist and paleoecologist who examines the past state of wetlands to better understand the present. He has used diatom algae as

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Michelle T. Casanova

Expertise:  Vegetation  and ecology of Australian wetlands and riparian zones, specialist in freshwater algal family Characeae; threatened species assessment. Formal Qualifications:   BSc (Hons) PhD Employment: 

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Susan Campbell

Landscape Architect  – Diploma in Landscape Design  King’s College Durham England Horticulture – Burnley Diploma Horticulture   Employment: Landscape Architect Ministry Housing Victoria Landscape Architect Albury

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Catherine Allan

Catherine Allan is a social scientist interested in the human aspects of framing, and managing ’natural resources’ including land, freshwater, groundwater and vegetation. She is

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