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Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment



The ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment

Mr Robert Neil

Commissioner Mr Robert Neil

Mr Robert Neil was appointed to the position of Commissioner for the Environment on 7 September 2011.

Mr Neil has extensive experience in the ACT Public Service, particularly in the area of environment protection, delivering high quality, sustainable outcomes on environmental issues for the ACT.

With a career which began in heavy industry and mining, Mr Neil has now spent more than 20 years as an active participant in environmental management and protection at local, state and national levels. He has been a leader and advocate in the areas of environmental protection, water resource management, heritage and tree protection.

Prior to taking up the position of Commissioner, Mr Neil held the statutory position of the ACT’s Environment Protection Authority and was Director of Environment Protection and Water Resources Regulation.

In his current role as Commissioner, Mr Neil is building on the substantial work of previous ACT Commissioners for the Environment.  The 2011 ACT State of the Environment Report and the Report on the Investigation into the State of the Water Courses and Catchments for Lake Burley Griffin, are two important recent projects brought to successful conclusion under the guidance of Commissioner Neil.

Previous Commissioners

  • Dr Maxine Cooper
  • Mr Darro Stinson
  • Dr Rosemary Purdie
  • Dr Joe Baker AO OBE

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