Community Consultative Forum

Community Consultative Forum - First meeting held on  9 June, 2016

Icon Water's Community Consultative Forum allows for the community to speak directly to us about what they most value in the work that we do, and importantly, to help shape future planning for the business for the ACT and surrounding areas.

The makeup of the Community Consultative forum is designed to be representative of our community. For all the details see the Community Consultative Forum minutes and presentations.

Meet our forum members 


Jane Breaden - Forum Chair - General Manager Business Services, Icon Water

Jane is responsible for a range of services which support Icon Water business units and key stakeholders including shareholders, Board and customers.Jane joined the business in 2014 and has 20 years' experience in project management, consulting and governance services in both the public and private sectors.


Ray Hezkial - Managing Director Icon Water

Ray was appointed as a Member of the Boards of Icon Water Limited, Icon Distribution Investments Limited and IconRetail Investments Limited in December 2018. Ray joined Icon Water in 2003 and commenced as Managing Director in November 2018.

Gwyn Rees

Gwyn Rees - Chief Executive Clubs ACT

Gwyn is Chief Executive, providing policy support and leadership for the club industry. Gwyn is enthusiastic, genuine, energetic and a strong leader who can consistently deliver results. With over 14 years experience in management roles he has an intuitive knowledge of the hospitality industry having previously held a senior position with the Australian Hotels Association.

Gwyn represents the ClubsACT though a number of forums and includes the Liquor Advisory Board, Multi-Agency Liquor Taskforce +, Food Regulation Working Group and the CBR Service Champions Project.

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Robyn Hendry - Chief Executive Officer, Canberra Business Chamber

Robyn has a strong background in organisational management in the private and not for profit sectors. Much of her career has been in the hotel and tourism industry, working in three countries.

Robyn’s current role is to represent and support business in the Canberra Region. The Chamber is the voice of the private sector. The Chamber advocates to and works in partnership with Federal and ACT Governments. Also delivering services and training to build business capacity, provide advice and facilitate programs to increase trade.

Canberra has a level of sophistication that belies its population size and I enjoy that immensely. I am on the Cultural Facilities Corporation Board and I am proud of the cities national institutions. I am excited by the political scene and appreciate the political process.

Canberra Business Chamber

Canberra Business Chamber is the ACT and capital region’s leading business organisation.

Representing more than 5,000 businesses through direct membership and over 100,000 affiliated industry and association groups. We are the organisation that connects business.

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Adina Cirson - Executive Director, ACT Property Council

The Property Council of Australia is the leading advocate for Australia’s biggest industry – property.

The industry represents one ninth of Australia's GDP (the largest of any sector), employs 1.1 million Australians (more than mining and manufacturing combined) and generates $72 billion in tax revenues to fund community services.

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Susan Helyar -Director, ACT Council of Social Services

Susan joined ACT Council of Social Services in February 2013. Susan is committed to working with leaders across Canberra to build a more just and inclusive community, where everyone lives with dignity.

Susan's career has focused on making a difference - as a social worker, in policy roles in ACT and Commonwealth governments and as the leader of services development advocacy work for Uniting Care Australia.

ACT Council of Social Services

The ACT Council of Social Service Inc. (ACTCOSS) is the peak representative body for people living with low incomes or disadvantage, and not-for-profit community organisations in the Australian Capital Territory.

We work collaboratively with organisations and individuals who support our vision and goals for positive social change.

We advocate to government on social policy, encourage individuals and groups to take action, and provide capacity building services and resources to community organisations. We do all this with the input from our membership.

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Robert Altamore - Executive Officer, People with Disabilities ACT

People with disabilities ACT represents, promotes and supports the collective interests of people with disabilities. We work to bring about an inclusive society by:

  • Advocating tor the removal of all attitudinal, physical and social barriers which prevent people with disabilities from participating fully in community life;
  • Working to improve policies. programs and practices in our society which support people with disabilities to have the best life possible; and
  • Collaborating with other ACT disability advocacy organisations to improve outcomes for people with disabilities.

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Mark Spain - Chair, SEE-Change

Mark is the SEE-Change Chair, and prior to this was the Deputy Chair for some time.

Mark is a leader and learner in developing systems, structures and processes that build innovation, curiosity and high-trust relationships with people and their organisations to produce sustainable business results.

He enjoys working with energetic teams of people who are focused on creating extraordinary results. He is particularly passionate about implementing sustainable and ethical business management systems that build success for all players, and for the future. His family, climbing mountains and house-building rate highly too.


SEE-Change is a community, not-for-profit group focused on local grass-roots action in Canberra. The 'SEE' in SEE-Change stands for Society, the Environment and the Economy. Our mission is to inspire, inform and support action to reduce Canberra's ecological footprint, improve the resilience of the ecosystem and enhance the wellbeing of all individuals. Our activities are practical in nature and developed by our local SEE-Change groups to best meet the needs and interests of their local communities.

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Jenny Mobbs - Executive Director, Council of the Ageing

COTA Australia promotes the concerns of older people at the highest level of government and associated organisations.

COTA Australia makes representation to Federal Government Ministers, Shadow Ministers and senior advisers on issues of relevance to older people. Its submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry “Caring for Older Australians” was used by the Commission as the guide text for its inquiry. For further information about COTA submissions go to Submissions and for information about this very important inquiry go to Aged Care Reform.

COTA Australia develops innovative programs through a national unit dedicated to this activity. These programs are delivered throughout Australia. For further information se the Community Programs page.


Nicole Moore, Community Participation Group

Nicole has worked in a range of public sector positions for the ACT Government since arriving in Canberra in 2009.

Nicole has worked across social housing/homelessness, strategic policy and community engagement areas. Nicole has Project Managed key initiatives under the ACT Government’s Better Services Reforms, including co-designing new ways of working in partnership with families and communities. Nicole’s current role involves leadership of community participation programs to support social inclusion and equality for diverse communities in the ACT.

Nicole has a Dean’s Scholar Degree in Politics, Philosophy (Ethics) and Asian Pacific Studies, and a Masters in Human Services Management and Policy.

Community Participation Group

The Community Participation Group is responsible for supporting relevant Ministers in their roles in the community, Assembly and in Commonwealth/State forums, setting the framework agenda for government strategies and actions in relation to advancing the interests of five key constituency groups (multicultural, women, veterans and seniors, youth and LGBTIQ). The Group is also responsible for community recovery on behalf of the Community Services Directorate.

The Group takes a leading role in facilitating a number of community related events and activities and implements a range of services and programs relevant to the five constituency groups. The Community Participation Group also provides secretariat services to the four constituency-specific advisory mechanisms and undertakes a significant level of representational work in the community and with the diplomatic missions in the ACT.

Megan Dixon

Megan Dixon - President, Molonglo Catchment Group

The Molonglo Catchment Group was established in 2003 to provide support to Landcare, community networks and landholders working to protect and manage natural resources in the cross-border Molonglo Catchment.

The Group's main aim is to implement the Molonglo Catchment Strategy 2015-2030 (approved initially in 2005 and revised in 2015) to guide stakeholders in achieving natural resource management targets set out in the ACT Natural Resources Management Plan and the Murrumbidgee Catchment Action Plan. The Strategy supports and complements the ACT Government’s 2016 draft ACT and Region Catchment Strategy.

The Molonglo Catchment Group Catchment Strategy 2015 aims to realise five key long term outcomes based on resilience thinking and a landscape based approach to catchment management.

They are:

  • protection of and improving healthy soils.
  • Adoption of best practise environmental behaviour.
  • Increased extent, connectivity and condition of native vegetation managed for biodiversity.
  • Sustainable hydrogeology.
  • Viable and resilient communities.


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Leon Arundell - General Committee Member, North Canberra Community Council

Leon has tertiary qualifications in science, environmental studies and economics. he convenes Living Streets Canberra and was formerly chair.Leon is currently a member of the North Canberra Community Council.

Leon came to Canberra from western Victoria via Sydney, Tasmania and Melbourne. Together with his now wife Robyn, he coordinated human power for the 1982 ACT House of Assembly election campaign for the Franklin River. He subsequently served as President of the ACT Branch of the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society, Vice President of Pedal Power, and Secretary of Climate Action Canberra. His 25 years of public sector experience covered energy, transport, forestry, minerals, fisheries and climate change.

Leon believes that golbal warming is Australia's biggest environmental challenge, and also that we need to continually question our assumptions. his research has corrected misconceptions such as that walking, cycling and ACTION buses produce negligible green house emissions. he is working to have Canberra re-shaped, so that we will have less need for car travel.

North Canberra Community Council

The North Canberra Community Council (NCCC)has a committee that is elected annually by the community of North Canberra. NCCC will consider all sides and positions on community issues and will endeavour to convey the concerns of the community to the government.

The committee manages the day-to-day operations of the NCCC. This involves attending meetings to represent the community, dealing with phones calls, faxes, letters and responses to submissions

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Kevin Cox - General Committee, Gungahlin Community Council

Kevin Cox is CEO of the internet company He has resided in Ngunnawal since 1998 and has been involved with the GCC since 2000. He is particularly interested in ways to increase investment in community infrastructure to make Gungahlin an even better place to live and work.

Gungahlin Community Council

The Gungahlin Community Council (GCC) is a voluntary, not for profit, community-based association operating in the Gungahlin district of Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory.

This area covers the north-northwest of the ACT between the ACT/NSW border, the Barton Highway to the south, and the Federal Highway to the east, including the village of Hall.

Our objective is to preserve and improve the social, cultural, economic and environmental well-being of Gungahlin and the Gungahlin community.

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Glenys Patulny - President, Tuggeranong Community Council

Glenys is the President of the Tuggeranong Community Council (TCC). A teacher for 27 years, she is passionate about the environment and bringing people together so they can all work together for the benefit of the community. To this end, she has organised with the support of the TCC, a number of public forums where the community could talk about their concerns over the environment and especially the quality of water in Lake Tuggeranong. She formed the Tuggeranong Lake Carers, a group which advocates for improved water quality in the lake and regularly hosts clean-ups of the lake foreshore.

She is Chair of the Southern ACT Catchment Group (SACTCG), Executive of the Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment Coordinating Committee (UMCCC) and on the board of Landcare ACT, the ACT Conservation Council, Landcare NSW and Caroline Chisholm School.

Tuggeranong Community Council

The Tuggeranong Community Council (TCC) is an incorporated, voluntary, not for profit, non-political, community based association operating within the Tuggeranong District of the Australian Capital Territory.

The TCC is formally recognised as the peak community body representing the interests of the local residents and the communities within Tuggeranong Valley. The TCC receives partial funding from the ACT Government.

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Professor Ross Thompson - Director and Chair of Water Science, Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra

Professor Thompson is the Director and Chair of Water Science at the Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra. Ross is an ecologist, working primarily on freshwaters, with a strong interest in urban lakes and streams, environmental flow management and biodiversity protection and restoration.

University of Canberra (Institute for Applied Ecology)

The University of Canberra is committed to providing a transformative educational experience accessible to everyone, whatever their stage of life and background.

The core purpose of the Institute for Applied Ecology is to undertake high quality research that improves our understanding of the environment to enhance decision-making for natural resource management and sustainable development. The Institute has more than 100 researchers working in the areas of water science, conservation biology, genetics and environmental chemistry.

For more information please email