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Five appointments to the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council were announced today by Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, David O’Byrne.

New members John Gledhill, Nathan Males, Ted Ross and Emma Lee join Simon Stubbs, who has been reappointed to the council.

They join current members Tony Ibbott, Fran Healy, Michael Lockwood and Stuart McFadzean.

Mr O’Byrne acknowledged the contribution of outgoing members with particular thanks to Ross Britain of Smithton, who has been involved on the council for most of the past 15 years. 

The council is the peak advisory body for matters relevant to the functions of Tasmania’s national parks and reserves. Members are appointed for three year terms.

Minister O’Byrne said the council’s diverse membership, representing a balance of geographical areas and regional interests across the state, allows it to provide quality advice.

 “About 37 per cent of the area of Tasmania is reserved land under the management of the Parks and Wildlife Service. The council provides the service with access to community-based expertise, interest and opinion,” Mr O’Byrne said.

The council meets four times a year. One of its core functions is to review management plans that are put in place for various national parks and reserves.

“I encourage the new members of the council in their endeavours over the coming three years and look forward to seeing their proactive involvement in the management of Tasmania’s parks and reserves,” Mr O’Byrne said.