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Keith Springer - project manager
Keith has a background in forestry and national park management, working with the New Zealand Forest Service and Department of Conservation for 20 years in recreation management and wild animal control.
He led the cat eradication team on Macquarie Island in 2000 for the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, and returned there as a ranger in 2005.
He has worked for the New Zealand Antarctic Program as program support manager, coordinating the field support for field teams working from Scott Base.
Keith's role is to coordinate all aspects of the Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project, and contribute to the development of planning documents and operational planning.
Dr Rob Wooding is the General Manager of the Support Centre of the Australian Antarctic Division, which is the branch of the Australian Antarctic Division that manages corporate services and all operational activities, including the stations, transportation and shipping.
In a career in the Australian Government spanning more than two decades, Rob has served in senior executive positions in the departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Immigration, Health and Ageing and, more recently, in the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts in Canberra, where he set up the scheme under which the Australian Government purchased water entitlements from Murray-Darling irrigators with the goal of improving environmental flows.
Rob has a PhD in History from the University of Sydney and currently holds an honorary position in the School of History and Classics at the University of Tasmania. His main areas of research interest are British India and rural Australia.
Tasmanian born and bred, Peter Mooney
is the General Manager for Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS). Starting out as a trainee, he has close to 30 years' experience in park management.
With his leadership PWS has run a number of innovative programs, delivering environmentally-sustainable solutions on the ground and involving tourism industry, local communities and Government agencies. He has taken that experience overseas to work with NGOs in bringing local communities and tourism operators together, most recently in the Galapagos Islands. Peter is particularly keen to increase the PWS’s capacity to eradicate feral species and have sound biosecurity practices in place for Tasmania.
represents the Australian Government environment department and is currently the Director of Natural Heritage East. She is responsible for all places located in the eastern states of Australia that are listed in World, Natural and Commonwealth Heritage Lists for their natural values.
During her career with the Australian Government environment Department, Veronica has managed the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the National Strategy for the Conservation of Australia’s Biological Diversity. She has also been responsible for the delivery of the Natural Heritage Trust; the implementation of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance and delivery of the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan and coastal policy. She brings this wealth of experience to the Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project steering committee.
has 25 years' experience in pest management and is a senior technical officer with the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC). He is an expert in developing systems to ensure safety, efficiency and legal compliance in pest management projects. Among his responsibilities is training and issuing Controlled Substances Licences on behalf of the Environmental Risk Management Authority for DOC staff using vertebrate pesticides in their work.
Keith chairs the Island Eradication Advisory Group (IEAG), which advises project managers on planning and management of pest eradication projects. IEAG has supported a number of eradication projects both in NZ and overseas, including sub-Antarctic Campbell Island - currently the largest successful rodent eradication project in the world.
The Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project is jointly funded by the Tasmanian and Australian Governments.
Tasmanian government is the lead agency in the project as the management authority of the Macquarie Island Nature Reserve. In addition to $12.3m direct funding to the project, the Tasmanian Government provides additional support to the project and conservation on Macquarie Island through the PWS and Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.
The Australian Government has provided $12.3m of direct funding to the project in partnership with the Tasmanian Government. In addition it is providing support through the contribution of project and scientific expertise and the use of Australian Antarctic Division facilities.
New Zealand Department of Conservation
The New Zealand Department of Conservation
(DOC) has undertaken numerous island pest eradication projects over the past 30 years, including the eradication of Norway rats from the 11,300 ha Campbell Island and eradicating rabbits and mice from Enderby Island; both in the sub-Antarctic region.
Experience in pest eradication from island is shared through DOC's Island Eradication Advisory Group (IEAG), which advises project managers within New Zealand and internationally. The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service has an agreement with DOC to access advice and participate in the Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project. IEAG members have provided input into operational planning since 2005 and provide a nominee to the project steering committee.
Australian Antarctic Division
The Australian Antarctic Division
(AAD) has operated a station on Macquarie Island since 1948 and has provided the main logistics support to programs on the island since then. Using experienced shipping and helicopter contractors, AAD operates and maintains all infrastructure on Macquarie Island. They are playing a vital role in supporting eradication project staff on the island.
BookEnd is a new environmental scholarship program designed to inspire Tasmanian students to further their education, by showcasing the career opportunities available in building positive and co-operative environmental solutions. See the Bookend web site at www.bookendtrust.com
WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring sustainable use of renewable natural resources, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. For more information on our work in Australia, please visit our website at www.wwf.org.au
Peregrine's Antarctic voyages aim to educate and to create Polar ambassadors of our clients. Our fund raising is put toward practical measures to safeguard the future of albatrosses. See Peregrines web site at www.peregrineadventures.com
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