Regional advisory committees

Appointed by the Minister for Energy and Environment, under Section 24 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974, regional advisory committees provide valuable advice to the Minister.

Community members are highly valued for their independent advice on policies and plans, activities and proposed activities, draft plans of management, and their community advocacy roles in helping to achieve the objectives of the Act.

There are 8 regional advisory committees across New South Wales, with members appointed in a voluntary capacity. The terms of current members end on 30 August 2021.

Regional advisory committee members

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.

Email npws.bluemountainsbranch@environment.nsw.gov.au for more information on the Blue Mountains Regional Advisory Committee.

Committee members

  • Mr William Dixon (Chairperson)
  • Ms Cara George (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Mrs Sharyn Halls
  • Mr Adam Hawken
  • Ms Madi Maclean
  • Mr Andrew Macqueen OAM
  • Ms Fiona Meller
  • Ms Heidi Ploeg
  • Dr Robert Ryan
  • Mrs Merle Williams
  • Mr Trevor Woolley

Email npws.greatersydney@environment.nsw.gov.au for more information on the Greater Sydney Regional Advisory Committee.

Committee members

  • Mr Laurence Bimson
  • Mr Rob Brewster
  • Mrs Amanda Brisot
  • Mr Daniel Clarke
  • Mr Brian Everingham (Chairperson)
  • Mr Brendon Graham
  • Ms Catherine Griffin (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Ms Christine Guthrie
  • Mrs Rhonda Lenardon
  • Mr Paul Lidgard
  • Dr Daniel Lunney
  • Dr Julie Old
  • Mr Charles Ulm

Email npws.huntercentralcoastbranch@environment.nsw.gov.au for more information on the Hunter Central Coast Regional Advisory Committee.

Committee members

  • Mr Daryl Bower (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Ms Cassie Bremner
  • Mr Arthur Brown
  • Ms Kendal Caynes (elected Chairperson)
  • Ms Jane Frances
  • Mrs Margaret Francis
  • Ms Sharon Hodgetts
  • Mr Robert Kelly
  • Mr John Le Messurier
  • Mr William Moller
  • Ms Alana Parkins OAM
  • Mr Andrew Smith
  • Mr Chris Tola
  • Mrs Rosie White

Email npws.northcoastbranch@environment.nsw.gov.au for more information on the North Coast Regional Advisory Committee.

Committee members

  • Ms Raylene Ballangarry (Chairperson)
  • Dr Rosemary Black
  • Dr Grahame Douglas
  • Mr Allister Gee
  • Ms Margaret Hodgson OAM
  • Ms Jeanette Olley (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Ms Jennifer Rosser
  • Dr Pascal Scherrer
  • Dr Adam Smith
  • Mr Terry Tibbett

Email npws.northerninlandbranch@environment.nsw.gov.au for more information on the Northern Inland Regional Advisory Committee.

Committee members

  • Dr Jeremy Bruhl
  • Ms Rosemary Curtis
  • Mr Michael Davis
  • Ms Wendy Hawes
  • Dr John Hunter
  • Mr Bryan Johnston (Chairperson)
  • Mrs Dorothy Martin
  • Ms Allison Mudford
  • Ms Sonia O'Keefe
  • Mr James Rainger
  • Mr Ross Sawtell
  • Mr Peter Shinton
  • Mr Ben Vincent (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Mr Jason Wilson
  • Mrs Juleen Young

Email npws.southcoastbranch@environment.nsw.gov.au for more information on the South Coast Regional Advisory Committee.

Committee members

  • Ms Frances Bray
  • Mr Michael McGrath
  • Dr Kevin Mills (Chairperson)
  • Mr Anthony Osborne
  • Mr Robert Pallin
  • Mr Geoffrey Parker
  • Ms Paula Pollock
  • Mrs Jacqueline Puckeridge (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Mrs Yvonne Thomson

Email npws.southernrangesbranch@environment.nsw.gov.au for more information on the Southern Ranges Regional Advisory Committee.

Committee members

  • Ms Suzanne Bulger
  • Mr Euan Diver
  • Mr Mark Fleming
  • Dr Alexander Herr
  • Mr Peter Hill
  • Dr Francis Ingwersen (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Dr Jasmyn Lynch
  • Mrs Felicity Middleton
  • Mr David Moore
  • Ms Anthea Packer
  • Mr Ted Rowley (Chairperson)
  • Mrs Jacqui Stol
  • Ms Dianne Thompson OAM

Email npws.westbranch@environment.nsw.gov.au for more information on the West Regional Advisory Committee.

Committee members

  • Dr Michael Augee
  • Mr Bilyara Bates
  • Mr Peter Beven
  • Mrs Andrea Cashmere
  • Mr Geoffrey Chapman
  • Mr Adrian Davey
  • Mrs Diana Hoffman (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Dr Anne Kerle (Chairperson)
  • Ms Caitlin Knight
  • Mr Bruce Reynolds
  • Mrs Marie Russell AM
  • Mr Arthur Vann
  • Mr James Williams

Regional Advisory Committee Handbook

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Regional Advisory Committee Handbook (PDF 1005 KB) details how legislation, policies, administrative arrangements and conventions affect the functions, roles, responsibilities, composition and conduct of the eight regional advisory committees across New South Wales.

Regional advisory committee administrative regions

Under section 24 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974, the Chief Executive is to divide the state into administrative regions. A regional advisory committee is to be constituted for each administrative region.

On 1 September 2018, the administrative regions for the eight regional advisory committees were aligned with the eight NPWS Park Operations Branches.

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