Vanessa has been intimately involved in water policy and planning for 17 years, both in practice as a former senior manager in the (now) NSW Office of Water, and as an independent consultant for the past 7 years. Vanessa held positions as Groundwater Manager, and as Manager Water Planning and Management during the development of the initial 36 water sharing plans in NSW. She was closely involved in the development of the NSW State Groundwater policies, the NSW Water Management Act 2000, and the NSW contribution to the development of the NWI. Since leaving the public sector she has provided advice to Governments in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region on water legislation, governance, and entitlement and management frameworks, for both surface water and groundwater.

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