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Our mission


Water for healthy waterways valued by communities

Organisation mission

Our environment: We work with program partners to preserve and improve the environmental values and health of water ecosystems across Victoria through robust
decisions about water for the environment.

Our communities: We engage communities across Victoria about water for the environment and improve waterway uses that depend on environmental condition.

Our culture: We are aligned with our business direction, proud our performance and own a culture centred on collaboration, integrity, commitment and initiative.

We do this by preparing a seasonal watering plan each financial year. This scopes where, when, how and why environmental water can  be used across Victoria's rivers, wetlands and floodplains.

See our annual report (PDF file - 979.2 KB) for details of the Victorian Environmental Water Holder's activities and financial performance. You can also read our corporate plan (PDF file -1.8 MB).

Reflections (PDF file - 11 MB) is published each year and explains the achievements of environmental watering across Victoria.


The Victorian Environmental Water Holder is comprised of a small team including an executive officer, planning and delivery, administration and communications staff.

It has four part-time Commissioners appointed by Governor in Council, upon recommendation of the Minister for Water.

Learn more about our Commissioners below:

VEWH Commissioners - Chris Chesterfield, Peta Maddy, Jennifer Fraser and Rueben Berg

Chris Chesterfield (Chairperson)

Chris has spent more than 30 years in the Victorian water industry, primarily in waterway management.

He has extensive experience in sustainable water resource and environmental water management as well as solid business management experience as General Manager Waterways Group at Melbourne Water. Chris is currently also Director, Strategic Engagement at the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and chairs the Birrarung Council of Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Elders and community, which acts as the ‘voice of the Yarra River’.

Chris Chesterfield
Chris Chesterfield

Peta Maddy (Deputy Chairperson)

Peta has a background in water policy and strategy setting, governance and water engineering, including her current role as a board director of Southern Rural Water where she chairs the Asset Governance Committee.  She is also a senior associate at the consulting firm Aither.

She is a past President of the Victorian branch of the Australian Water Association and was previously a board director at Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water where she chaired the Water Resources Committee. In 2018 she chaired the interdepartmental reference group for the Victorian Rural Drainage Strategy and was a member of the Victorian Catchment Management Council for six years.

Peta has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (honours), a Bachelor of Science (Pharmacology and Toxicology) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Peta Maddy

Rueben Berg (Commissioner)

Rueben is a Gunditjmara man and the founder and Managing Director of RJHB Consulting.

Rueben is a member of the Heritage Council of Victoria and a Director at Westernport Water. In addition, Rueben is a founder of Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria, and a member of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute Advisory Board. He is also a founder and director of the Indigenous Ultimate Association and the Chair of the Ultimate Rules Sub-committee for the World Flying Disc Federation. He has a Bachelor of Architecture.

Rueben Berg
Rueben Berg

Jennifer Fraser (Commissioner)

Jennifer has extensive background in public administration, policy and legislation development, and in the application of natural resource management frameworks.

She has particular expertise in rural water management, previously having been the Victorian Director of Groundwater and Licensing and having worked in water consulting.

Jennifer is currently a Director of the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, a sessional member of Planning Panels Victoria and a member of the Victorian Marine and Coastal Council. She is also a member of the Council for Medley Hall at the University of Melbourne.

Jennifer Fraser

Page last updated: 12/12/19