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Join us for the Power of Parks forum at Launceston

22/07/2016

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) in partnership with the University of Tasmania is exploring The Power of Parks through a series of UTAS public forums celebrating the benefits that parks and reserves provide to Tasmania's overall identify.More

Shipwreck identified as the Viola

19/07/2016

Timber samples from a ship wrecked on Tasmania's East Coast nearly 160 years ago have been identified as the Canadian-built brig Viola.More

Prosecution for Stanley penguin deaths

15/07/2016

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) and the Circular Head Council have conducted a joint investigation after 18 little penguins were found dead near a rookery in Stanley on the State's North-West coast last week.More

National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council

The National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council (NPWAC) is a statutory body providing an independent overview of Tasmania's protected areas system and strategic advice to the Tasmanian Government and in the case of the Tasmanian World Heritage Area, the Commonwealth Government.

In early 2012, the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Consultative Committee (TWWHACC) whose role it was to report to and advise on the TWWHA to the Commonwealth Government, became part of the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council (NPWAC).  NPWAC now assumes the responsibilities and functions of the former TWWHACC.

The NPWAC was established in 1971 under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1970 (the Act). The functions of the council as set out in the National Parks and Reserves Management Act 2002 are:

  • to advise the Minister on the administration of the Act, including matters referred to it by the Minister;
  • to provide a forum for consultation on policy issues of State significance that are related to the Act;
  • to maintain an overview of the relevance of the Director of National Parks and Wildlife's role and achievements relative to public expectations;
  • to promote understanding and acceptance of the Director of National Parks and Wildlife's role and associated programs;
  • to encourage, and act as a focal point for, community support for projects carried out and services provided under the Act; and
  • to review management plans for reserved land.

Members

Members of the NPWAC are appointed in their own right rather than as a representative of any particular organisation. The expertise of Council members and their association with any interest groups could include, but are not necessarily limited to:

Ecology Reserve management
Land & water science Cultural heritage / archaeology
Aboriginal Tourism
Recreation Philanthropy & partnerships
Social science & marketing Local government
Conservation Sustainability
Presentation & Interpretation Business management

The current members of the NPWAC are:

Member Role Member Name
Chair 
Prof Malcolm Wells
Member vacant
Member
Ms Nicole Sherriff
Member vacant
Member Mr Chris Tassell
Member vacant
Member Mr Michael Lockwood
Member
vacant
Member vacant
Member      
Mr Hank Horton
Member 
Prof Jamie Kirkpatrick
Member vacant

To contact the council:

Secretary

Maureen Lowery
Community Engagement Officer
Parks & Wildlife Service
GPO Box 1751, Hobart TAS 7001
T (03) 62148100
M 0457 757 239 
E maureen.lowery@parks.tas.gov.au