World Heritage area advisory committees

Advisory committees help us manage 3 of our World Heritage properties: the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, the Greater Blue Mountains and the Willandra Lakes region.

The Australian Government, as signatory to the World Heritage Convention, works in cooperation with the NSW Government (and other states) to ensure management of World Heritage is consistent with the Convention, and administers the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 under which World Heritage is a matter of national environmental significance.

World Heritage advisory committees in New South Wales advise managing agencies and government ministers responsible for World Heritage on matters relating to the identification, protection, conservation and presentation of World Heritage values. This includes strategic policies in relation to Australia’s obligations under the World Heritage Convention. The committees may also be asked to consider and provide advice on issues that may have a significant impact on the area or on natural and cultural-heritage conservation.

Committee Chairs are jointly appointed by NSW and Australian Government ministers responsible for World Heritage. Committee members are appointed by state minister/s responsible for World Heritage.

Committee members are appointed in their own right and not as representatives of a particular organisation, institution, discipline, interest sector or Aboriginal language group.

Appointments are honorary and committees have a 3-year term.

Meetings

Advisory committees meet at least 3 times a year.

Up to two observers from each of the Office of Environment and Heritage (National Parks and Wildlife Service) and the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy may be present at advisory committee meetings.

There are two advisory committees for the Gondwana Rainforests, the Community Advisory Committee and the Technical and Scientific Advisory Committee. The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area advisory committees provide advice to relevant government ministers and management agencies.

The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area includes reserves in New South Wales and Queensland. Members of advisory committees are appointed by New South Wales and Queensland environment ministers. Chairs of the advisory committees are jointly appointed by environment ministers for the New South Wales, Queensland and Australian Governments.

Advisory committees meet in Brisbane with one on-site visit each year.

Community Advisory Committee

The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area Community Advisory Committee has an independent Chair and 10 members who represent traditional owners, local authorities, community interest groups and other stakeholders.

  • Five members represent stakeholder interests within the New South Wales portion of Gondwana and are nominated through the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) regional advisory committees.
  • Five members represent stakeholder interests within the Queensland portion of Gondwana Rainforests and are selected through an expression-of-interest process.

The Chair of the Technical and Scientific Advisory Committee is also a member of the Community Advisory Committee.

Current members of the Community Advisory Committee, with the fields they represent, are:

Chair

Dr Mahri Koch (NSW, ecologist)

Members

  • Mr Paul Donatiu (Queensland, recreation)
  • Mr Terry Evans (NSW, conservation/NPWS Lower North Coast Regional Advisory Committee)
  • Mr Bryan Johnston (NSW, commercial tourism/NPWS Northern Tablelands Regional Advisory Committee
  • Mr Innes Larkin (Queensland, commercial tourism)
  • Mr Rod McKelvey (NSW, local government/NPWS North Coast Regional Advisory Committee)
  • Mr Peter Ogilvie (Queensland, conservation)
  • Ms Jan Olley (NSW, recreation/NPWS Northern Rivers Regional Advisory Committee)
  • Ms Carmel Peacock (NSW, local government)
  • Mr Terry Tibbett (NSW, Aboriginal people/NPWS North Coast Regional Advisory Committee)
  • Professor Nick Reid (University of New England)
  • vacant (Queensland, Aboriginal member).

Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area Community Advisory Committee Terms of Reference (PDF 1.1MB)

Technical and Scientific Advisory Committee

The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area Technical and Scientific Advisory Committee has an independent Chair and 8 members who represent areas of technical and scientific expertise. The Chair of the Community Advisory Committee is also a member of the Technical and Scientific Advisory Committee.

Current members of the technical and scientific advisory committee, with the areas they represent, are:

Chair

Professor Nick Reid (University of New England)

Members

  • Professor Stephen Gale (geomorphology)
  • Ms Liz Gould (community engagement in natural-resource management)
  • Dr Aila Keto (World Heritage assessment and ecological restoration)
  • Dr Melinda Laidlaw (plant-community ecology)
  • Professor Michael Mahoney (threatened species management and conservation biology)
  • Dr Bill McDonald (biogeography, ecology and plant identification)
  • Dr Ross Peacock (fire ecology and citizen science)
  • Professor Betty Weiler (visitor management, interpretation and sustainable tourism)
  • Dr Mahri Koch (NSW, ecologist).

Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area Technical and Scientific Advisory Committee Terms of Reference (PDF 1.1MB)

Committee meetings are also attended by representatives of the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, the Queensland Department of Science, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and a representative from the Department of the Environment and Energy.

Committee members are reimbursed for travel expenses and sitting fees are paid to the Chairs.

The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Advisory Committee provides advice to relevant government ministers. It also provides advice to the management agency (OEH) through the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Management Committee on matters related to the property’s World Heritage values.

Advisory committee

The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Advisory Committee has12 members. Current members, with the areas they represent are:

  • Mr Bruce Leaver (Chair)
  • Mrs Glenda Chalker (local Indigenous/traditional owner)
  • Cr Allan Stapleford (local government – terms rotate between jurisdictions)
  • Mr Dylan Jones (tourism)
  • Ms Tara Cameron (non-government conservation/heritage organisation)
  • Mr Bob Anderson (outdoor, self-reliant, nature-based recreation)
  • Dr Julia James (water quality/aquatic environment)
  • Mr Doug Benson (botanical/ecological sciences)
  • Dr Ian Baird (zoological/ecological sciences)
  • Dr Ruth Longdin (archaeological/cultural heritage)
  • vacant (local indigenous/traditional owner)
  • vacant (local government – terms rotate between jurisdictions).

Committee meetings are also attended by:

  • the GBMWHA Management Committee (Director Jenolan Caves Reserve Trust; Director NPWS Blue Mountains Branch, Director NPWS Cultural Values Planning and a representative from the Department of the Environment and Energy)
  • a representative of the NPWS Blue Mountains Regional Advisory Committee.

Committee members are reimbursed for travel expenses and sitting fees are available for Indigenous members.

The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Advisory Committee Handbook 2017 (PDF 1.2MB) includes the committee’s terms of reference.

Meetings

The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Advisory Committee meets quarterly, usually at different locations around the property.

Advisory committee meeting reports


2018 February 2018 (PDF 476KB) May 2018 (PDF 418KB) August 2018 (PDF 423KB)  
2017 February 2017 (PDF 375KB) May 2017 (PDF 481KB) August 2017 (PDF 387KB) November 2017 (PDF 429KB)
2016 - - - November 2016 (PDF 305KB)
2015 February 2015 (PDF 417KB) May 2015 (PDF 269KB) August 2015 (PDF 222KB) November 2015 (PDF 635KB)
2014 - May 2014 (PDF 204KB) August 2014 (PDF 393KB) November 2014 (PDF 407KB)
2013 February 2013 (PDF 118KB) May 2013 (PDF 653KB) August 2013 (PDF 598KB) November 2013 (PDF 503KB)
2012 February 2012 (PDF 71KB) May 2012 (PDF 126KB) - October 2012 (PDF 260 KB)
2011 - May 2011 (PDF 193KB) August 2011 (PDF 123KB) November 2011 (PDF 161KB)
2010 February 2010 (PDF 726KB) May 2010 (PDF 148KB) August 2010 (PDF 174KB) November 2010 (PDF 153KB)
2009 February 2009 (PDF 1.2MB) May 2009 (PDF 206KB) August 2009 (PDF 2.8MB) November 2009 (PDF 267KB)
2008 February 2008 (PDF 723KB) May 2008 (PDF 932KB) August 2008 (PDF 895KB) November 2008 (PDF 174KB)
2007 February 2007 (PDF 1.9MB) May 2007 (PDF 829KB) August 2007 (PDF 689KB) November 2007 (PDF 665KB)
2006 - - September 2006 (PDF 552KB) November 2006 (PDF 672KB)

The Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area Advisory Committee, Aboriginal Advisory Group and Landholders Alliance provide advice on the management of this World Heritage property.

The Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area Advisory Committee provides advice to relevant government ministers. It also provides advice to management agencies (OEH, NPWS) through the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area.

The Advisory Committee meets on the property or close to it. The Aboriginal Advisory Group meets on Country or close to it.

Advisory committee

The Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area Advisory Committee has18 members.

The committee’s terms of reference specify that the committee Chair should be an independent, non-government person with no current direct financial or political interest in the way in which the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area is managed.

The committee represents relevant stakeholders and rightsholders and has 18 members including the Chair:

  • 1 independent Chair
  • 3 Barkandji/Paakantyi people elected from the Aboriginal advisory group (AAG)
  • 3 Mutthi Mutthi people elected from the AAG
  • 3 Ngiyampaa people elected from the AAG
  • 2 private landholders from the Willandra Landholders Alliance
  • 1 local government person, this member alternates by committee term between the two local-government areas covered by the World Heritage property
  • 3 people from the scientific community
  • 1 tourism expert
  • 1 member of the NPWS Far West Regional Advisory Committee.

Landholders are nominated by the Willandra Landholders Alliance to represent the northern and southern landholder clusters in the area. Representatives of local government and of relevant NPWS regional advisory committees are nominated by their respective bodies. Tourism and scientific community committee members are appointed by the NSW Minister for the Environment, following a public call for nominations.

Committee members are reimbursed for travel expenses

Aboriginal advisory group

The Willandra Lakes Region Aboriginal Advisory Group has 9 members, 3 elected from each of the 3 tribal groups who are the traditional owners of the Country this World Heritage area covers: Barkandji/Paakantyi, Mutthi Mutthi and Ngiyampaa. Members of this group also sit on the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Advisory Committee.

Like other committees the term is 3 years, and members can be re-elected.

Willandra Landholders alliance

The Willandra Landholders Alliance comprises the leaseholders of pastoral properties in the World Heritage Area.