About the NSW Scientific Committee
The NSW Scientific Committee is established under the Threatened Species Conservation Act. It is an independent committee of scientists appointed by the Minister for the Environment.
Members of the Scientific Committee:
Dr Michelle Leishman (Chairperson) - Macquarie University
Dr Tony Auld - Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH)
Associate Professor Peter Banks - Ecological Society of Australia
Dr Tina Bell - University of Sydney
Mr Doug Binns - Forestry Corporation of NSW
Dr Linda Broadhurst - CSIRO
Dr Anita Chalmers - University of Newcastle
Dr Marco Duretto - Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Dr Mark Eldridge - Australian Museum
Dr Murray Fletcher - Australian Entomological Society.
The committee's main functions include:
- deciding which species should be listed as critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable or presumed extinct in NSW
- deciding which populations should be listed as endangered in NSW
- deciding which ecological communities should be listed as critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable
- deciding which threats to native plants and animals should be declared key threatening processes under the Act
- reviewing and updating the lists of threatened species, populations and communities and key threatening processes in the schedules of the Act.
The NSW Scientific Committee does not make decisions about threatened fish and marine plants. This is the responsibility of the NSW Fisheries Scientific Committee.
The Committee can be contacted via the Committee's Executive Officer, Suzanne Chate as follows:
NSW Scientific Committee
PO Box 1967
HURSTVILLE BC NSW 1481
43 Bridge Street Hurstville
Telephone: 02 9585 6940
Facsimile: 02 9585 6606
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Page last updated: 25 February 2014