Indigenous Essential Services Advisory Committee

The committee will provide recommendations and advice to the NT Minister for Essential Services.

The committee's first priority is to provide advice on the delivery of a $28 million water security initiative which includes:

  • priority water security and
  • water quality concerns.

A long term plan will address complex water supply issues such as:

  • new bores
  • network upgrades
  • improved water disinfection systems and
  • the installation of  meters to monitor and reduce water usage.


The minister appoints a chair and members for their skills and knowledge of NT Aboriginal communities.

The following people may be invited to observe:

  • Power and Water Corporation
  • Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics
  • the minister's office or
  • other subject experts.

Read more about the committee members below.

Committee members

Mr Alan Langworthy - Chair

The Committee’s independent chair, Mr Alan Langworthy, has recently completed an appointment as Expert Panel chair advising the NT Government on a roadmap to renewable energy, aimed at achieving 50 per cent renewable energy injection into the electricity network by 2030.

Mr Langworthy has worked in the renewables and environment industry,  began work on wind diesel power systems in the early 1970s and installed Australia’s first large domestic wind turbine to power his rural property. In 2010 he was awarded the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering’s Clunies Ross Medal, which recognised his lifetime commitment to renewable energy solutions, particularly the integration of generation plant in isolated micro grids.

Mr Ziggy Wilk

Mr Wilk brings 40 years of senior management and executive experience in utilities, electricity, renewable energy, engineering, manufacturing and mining. He has led and managed large scale organisations and developed electricity supply operations in remote Aboriginal communities.

Mr Darryl Day

Mr Day has worked across the NT for more than 40 years. He was Power and Water Corporation’s General Manager of Water Services and Remote Operations between 2000 and 2013. He is currently CEO of the Peter Cullen Trust.

Professor Suresh Thannadil

Professor Thannadil, Energy and Resources Institute Director, is a chartered engineer and has a career spanning industry and academia. Throughout his academic career, he has been engaged in developing highly inter-disciplinary industry-focussed research programmes that included collaborations with a range of companies in the chemicals sector. He has served on the Australian Research Council College of Experts (2016 – 2018) and was nominated as Deputy Chair of the Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences panel in 2018.

Last updated: 25 May 2022

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