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Call for nominations – Kosciuszko National Park Wild Horse Community Advisory Panel

Applications are now open for membership of the Wild Horse Community Advisory Panel. The Panel is being established under the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act 2018 (the Act).

The Panel will provide advice to the Minister for the Environment on matters relating to the identification of the heritage value and management of sustainable wild horse populations within parts of Kosciuszko National Park. The Panel will also provide advice to the Office of Environment and Heritage on the preparation of a draft wild horse heritage management plan.

The Panel will comprise at least 6 but no more than 8 members who meet the composition requirements and qualifications in Schedule 1 of the Act. The Panel must include –

  • at least one Aboriginal person
  • one representative of the community from the area around Kosciuszko National Park
  • other persons who have expertise and experience in one or more of the following: 
  • –  recreational planning and management (including horse riding)
    –  horse or other animal welfare management
    –  alpine tourism planning and management
    –  community involvement in conservation.

Panel appointments will initially be for 12 months. In accordance with the Act, the Minister for the Environment will appoint Panel members and a Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson.

Completed Community Advisory Panel application forms, accompanied by a curriculum vitae, must be returned by email to npws.wildhorses@environment.nsw.gov.au by close of business Friday 21 December 2018.

If you require any further information, please email npws.wildhorses@environment.nsw.gov.au.

Call for nominations – Kosciuszko National Park Wild Horse Scientific Advisory Panel

Applications are now open for membership of the Wild Horse Scientific Advisory Panel.

The Panel will provide rigorous scientific and technical advice to the Office of Environment and Heritage to inform preparation of a draft wild horse heritage management plan for Kosciuszko National Park being prepared under the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act 2018.

Nominations are invited from persons with expertise and skills in one or more of the following areas: 

  • cultural heritage assessment and management
  • animal welfare and veterinary science
  • animal population survey, modelling and statistical analysis
  • horse ecology (including demography, reproduction and behaviour) and/or horse population control techniques
  • vertebrate pest species management, including assessment of impacts to natural and cultural values
  • biology and ecology of the flora and fauna of the Australian Alps/Kosciuszko National Park and associated alpine, sub alpine and montane ecosystems
  • soil erosion and soil processes.

The size of the Panel will be determined based on the range of expertise received in nominations. If additional scientific expertise is required, further appointments may be made.

Panel appointments will initially be for 12 months.

Completed Scientific Advisory Panel application forms, accompanied by a curriculum vitae, must be returned by email to npws.wildhorses@environment.nsw.gov.au by close of business Friday 21 December 2018.

If you require any further information, please email npws.wildhorses@environment.nsw.gov.au

Hartley Historic Site Advisory Committee

The Hartley Historic Site Advisory Committee is established by the Minister for the Environment under section 24(3) of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 to conserve the values and manage the heritage of Hartley Historic Site, which is located on the western edge of the Blue Mountains.

The committee is responsible for providing community input into the management of Hartley Historic Site and advice on relevant policies and plans of management.

The advisory committee typically includes Aboriginal representation and persons with expertise and experience in local government, community involvement in conservation, cultural heritage management, rural or regional issues, ecotourism or ecologically sustainable visitor or tourist use, enjoyment and appreciation of reserves, and/or environmental education and community involvement in environmental education.

The advisory committee is expected to meet on four occasions annually. Membership is voluntary.

For more information about the Hartley Historic Site Advisory Committee, email npws.bluemountainsbranch@environment.nsw.gov.au.

See a list of members for the Hartley Historic Site Advisory Committee.

Regional advisory committees

Appointed by the Minister for the Environment, regional advisory committees (RACs) provide a vital link to National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). Members contribute their expert knowledge and experience to inform park management and achieve conservation outcomes across New South Wales. Members are highly valued for their advice on policies and plans, activities and proposed activities, and for their input into draft plans of management, helping to achieve the objectives of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974

See a list of members for each of the 8 regional advisory committees.

Map showing operations branches boundaries and regional offices for National Parks and Wildlife Service

Please click on each Regional Advisory Committee below for a detailed branch map:

Role

Regional advisory committee members:

  • provide strategic advice to NPWS Directors and NPW Advisory Council on the plans, policies and activities affecting parks
  • recommend improvements to the care, control and management of parks
  • provide expert advice on relevant technical and specialist matters
  • liaise with community and interest groups to seek their views on NPWS issues and to give feedback to the community about NPWS initiatives
  • provide input into the development, consultation and implementation of plans of management for parks within the branch.

Composition

A regional advisory committee consists of at least 12 members, but not more than 17 members.

Committees include at least two Aboriginal people, a person jointly nominated by the Nature Conservation Council of NSW and the National Parks Association of NSW, and other people who, in the opinion of the Minister, have qualifications, experience and expertise in one or more of the following:

  • local government
  • community involvement in conservation
  • Aboriginal cultural heritage
  • scientific qualifications (conservation biology, wildlife management or related disciplines)
  • rural or regional issues
  • agriculture and rural issues (being a person nominated by NSW Farmers)
  • ecotourism or ecologically sustainable visitor or tourist use, enjoyment and appreciation of reserves
  • environmental education
  • non-Aboriginal cultural heritage conservation.

Operation and functions

Committees meet at least 4 times a year and members attend field inspections to parks and reserves.

Successful applicants are appointed for terms of up to 4 years and are eligible, if qualified, to apply for further appointment.

The functions and operation of advisory committees is covered under sections 24 to 25 and Schedule 8 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974Part 9 of the National Park and Wildlife Regulation 2009 details further administrative arrangements for RACs. 

Regional Advisory Committee membership is voluntary. No sitting fees are paid, but any out-of-pocket expenses incurred in attending meetings or conducting regional advisory committee business are reimbursed by NPWS.

Why join a Regional advisory committee?

Watch a video to find out why you should join a regional advisory committee.

When regional advisory committee members were asked about the value of being on a regional advisory committee, they volunteered a broad range of comments, including benefits such as:

  • the satisfaction of having an effective input into plans of management for local national parks, fire management plans and other planning strategies
  • field excursions to view planning issues with NPWS staff
  • being involved in the planning process from the very start, with the pre-draft stages of planning, all the way through community consultation to the completion of the plan
  • being part of a group that liaised with the local community over a difficult issue, gaining an understanding of the issues involved and developing a solution
  • seeing changes to the National Parks and Wildlife Act, which recognised the strategic planning ability of regional advisory committees
  • gaining an increased understanding of NPWS planning processes, getting to know staff and becoming familiar with local national parks
  • consulting with Aboriginal people about cultural heritage conservation
  • gaining an appreciation of how NPWS staff have coped with drought, pests, and fire, often working with park neighbours to tackle problems.

Committee vacancies

Committee vacancies will be advertised on this webpage and on the NSW Government Boards and Committees Register.

For more information, please contact rac@environment.nsw.gov.au

Page last updated: 12 December 2018