Prof John Thwaites
John Thwaites is a Professorial Fellow, Monash University, and Chair of ClimateWorks Australia and the Monash Sustainability Institute. He is a consultant at Maddocks Solicitors and also chairs the Climate Group Ltd in Australia, the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust, and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. He is also a director of the Australian Green Building Council.
John Thwaites was Deputy Premier of Victoria from 1999 until his retirement in 2007. During this period he was Minister for Health, Minister for Planning, Minister for Environment, Minister for Water, Minister for Victorian Communities and Victoria’s first Minister for Climate Change.
While Minister for Water, John Thwaites developed Victoria’s Our Water Our Future water plan and led a successful water conservation program reducing water use throughout Melbourne by 22 per cent. He also led the Victorian Government’s climate change program including five-star energy and water efficiency for all new homes, renewable energy and energy efficiency targets and state based work on a national emissions trading scheme. As Planning Minster he introduced a new residential planning framework for Victoria and instigated Melbourne’s planning strategy, Melbourne 2030.
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John Thwaites is the Management Committee’s Chairperson for the Cities as Water Supply Catchments Program.