5 December 2012 — David Papps has been appointed as the new Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder.
Mr Papps, who is currently employed as the director-general of the ACT Environmental and Sustainable Development Directorate, will start in the role before Christmas.
Water Minister Tony Burke said Mr Papps would “head an office charged with the responsibility of rejuvenating wetlands and rivers in the Murray-Darling Basin following the release of the final Basin Plan which is set to recover and return water to enhance the resilience of environmental assets such as the Lower Lakes and Coorong, Macquarie Marshes, Hattah Lakes, and Yanga National Park”.
Mr Papps has previously held the position of chief executive ACT Department of Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water, as well as senior positions in the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment, the NSW Department of Land and Water Conservation, and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Mr Papps has also worked for Macquarie Bank on a community partnerships business involved with local, State and Federal Governments, and sustainability initiatives including an indigenous development fund to support social and economic aspirations.