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Tasmanians have an opportunity to provide direct input in the management of the state’s national parks by applying for a position on the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council.

The council provides high-level strategic advice directly the Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage David O’Byrne on the management of Tasmania’s parks and reserves system.

The Parks and Wildlife Service manages about 37 per cent of Tasmania’s land mass, including some of the state’s most visited and precious places, such as Freycinet, Cradle Mountain and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

“The council provides the Parks and Wildlife Service with important access to community-based expertise, interest and opinion,” Mr O’Byrne said.

“This is an ideal opportunity for the community to provide support to the Service in carrying out its land management responsibilities.”

The council has a key role in reviewing and influencing the strategic management plans of national parks and reserves.

Mr O’Byrne said the council has had a diverse membership over many years including conservationists, sawmillers, planners, economists and health professionals.

“It is preferable that members provide a balance of geographical areas and regional interests across the state and, to the extent practicable, equal numbers of males and females are sought.”

Nominees should have an interest in and knowledge of Tasmania’s parks and reserves as well as the capacity to provide independent advice which reflects community views and expectations.

The council currently consists of eight members. Expressions are sought for four positions during this round. Members generally meet four times a year, are paid sitting fees and are reimbursed for reasonable travel and accommodation expenses.

For a copy of the information pack including selection criteria, contact Wanita Wells at Parks and Wildlife Service on (03) 6233 2592 or email Wanita.Wells@parks.tas.gov.au.

Please note that expressions of interest closed on 13 August 2010.