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Lookout at Bruny Island Neck reopens

12/11/2018

Bruny Island is one of Tasmania's most loved tourism destinations, and the upgrade of vital infrastructure will ensure it can reach its full tourism potential.More

History unlocked at Richmond Gaol

12/11/2018

Investment in the restoration of the Gaoler's House at Richmond Gaol will enhance the visitor experience at one of Tasmania's key historic sites.More

Campfire restrictions in national parks and reserves

09/11/2018

Restrictions on campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves will come in to place from next Wednesday (November 14) at identified Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) campgrounds around the State to help reduce the risk of bushfires.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 
Mr Malcolm Wells
Member Dr Cindy Hull
Member
Dr Jennie Whinam
Member Ms Su Sprott
Member Ms Hanny Allston
Member Mr Donald Coventry
Member Mr Richard Ingram
Member
vacant
Member      
Mr Hank Horton
Member 
Prof Jamie Kirkpatrick