The following notes provide a brief overview of the responsibilities of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Advisory Committee.
Advisory Committee membership is honorary. Appointees are entitled to reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses incurred in attending meetings or conducting Advisory Committee business. Sitting fees are available for Indigenous members.
The Advisory Committee may make recommendations on matters relating to the protection, conservation, presentation and management of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, including strategic policies in relation to Australia's obligations under the World Heritage Convention.
The committee may also be requested to consider and comment on issues that are likely to have some impact on the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area under the National Parks and Wildlife Act (NSW) or the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (Cth) or on natural and cultural heritage conservation generally.
The committee reports directly to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area management committee.
The Advisory Committee shall:
- consider and advise on the views of community interests
- consider and advise on technical and scientific matters including scientific research priorities, relevant new information or developments in science, the scientific basis of management principles and practices, the appropriateness of current and proposed research, and the maintenance of the values and integrity of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area
- provide advice to the management committee or the relevant Ministers on issues referred to it for consideration.
Terms of reference
The terms of reference for the Advisory Committee specifies the following membership:
- the chairman, being an independent, non-government person with no current direct financial or political vested interest in the way in which the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is managed
- two local Indigenous/traditional owners
- two local government (with terms rotating amongst jurisdictions)
- one tourism
- one non-government conservation/heritage organisation
- one out-door self-reliant nature-based recreation
- one water quality/aquatic environment
- one botanical/ecological
- one zoological/ecological
- one archaeological/cultural heritage.
Terms of appointment
Members will be appointed for a three-year term.
Members of the committee shall be appointed in their own right and not as representatives of any particular organisations, institutions, disciplines or interest sectors.
The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Advisory Committee meets quarterly in locations around the Greater Blue Mountains area with an agenda and associated papers being distributed in advance.
Observers will be present at these meetings:
- up to two from each of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Jenolan Caves Reserve Trust and the Department of the Environment
- one from each of the three Regional National Parks Advisory Committees relevant to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
In applying for membership of the Advisory Committee, applicants should be prepared to make a commitment to attend meetings regularly and to participate in Advisory Committee activities.