Community Consultative Committee

The Community Consultative Committee is a statutory Committee under Queensland legislation.

Community Consultative Committee members are appointed by the Wet Tropics Management Authority Board as individuals who represent a broad range of sectors from throughout the Wet Tropics region  who contribute their views and provide advice to the Wet Tropics Management Authority Board on relevant World Heritage issues. The Community Consultative Committee Terms of Reference provides detailed information about the purpose, membership and roles and responsibilitites of the Committee and its Chair.

 The Committee comprises approximately 12 members who have:

  • established sector or community of interest networks
  • knowledge of the World Heritage Area and involvement in one or more sectoral or community issues associated with its management
  • ability to exchange information between the community, the Committee and the Authority.

The meetings are also regularly attended by representatives from World Heritage Area partners such as QPWSGBRMPA and Terrain NRM. The meeting operational guidelines can be found here.

2016 -2019 Community Consultative Committee Members


Anne Clarke, Committee Chair (also a Wet Tropics Managment Authority Board Director) 
Email: anne.clarke6@bigpond.com
Currently at the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, Anne has worked in natural resource management including coastal stream and wetland restoration and fisheries habitat protection. Anne was previously the Regional Manager (North), Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries and was responsible for programs relating to fishing, tourism, engineering and environmental control.  

Dennis Ah-Kee, Director - Wet Tropics Biodiversity Foundation
Email: dennis@jaragun.com.au

Biography still to come. 

 

Allison Anderson, Lecturer - CQ University 
Email: a.c.anderson@cqu.edu.au
Allison Anderson currently lectures in tourism planning at Cairns CQUniversity. Prior to moving to the Wet Tropics 12 years ago, Allison conducted tourism research in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. She has worked as a planner and tourism consultant in Cairns and has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. Allison has just submitted her PhD in Urban design and tourism in the tropics (JCU). 

 

Ellie Bock, Director - Regional Advisory and Innovation Network
Email: ellie@bock.com.au
Ellie rates the strategic and holistic management of the Wet Tropics biocultural region as a key factor motivating her involvement on the Committee. Ellie's experience in facilitation, participatory land use and management planning, and applied land remediation, provides insight into the challenges in protecting diverse native species and those facing land owners including Rainforest Aboriginal people.  

 

Alan Gillanders, Trees for the Evelyn and Atherton Tablelands (TREAT)
Email: alan@alanswidlifetours.come.au
Alan is a self-employed nature guide and environmental educator who is based in Yungaburra where he has lived for the 23 of the 40 years spent on the Tablelands. Alan’s involvement in conservation in the Wet Tropics predates the listing. He is an active member of TREAT, Tablelands National Parks Volunteers, Tree-Kangaroo and Mammal Group and BirdLife Australia. 

 

Sigrid Heise-Pavlov, Lecturer - School of Field Studies 
Email: sheise-pavlov@fieldstudies.org
Sigrid is a lecturer at the Centre for Rainforest Studies, School for Field Studies, located near the Gillies Range Highway. Sigrid teaches rainforest ecology and fauna, and undertakes research on rainforest mammals such as tree-kangaroos and gliders, and development of restoration sites and colonisation by animals. Sigred works with local NGOs of the Tablelands including TREAT and the Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group. 

Bess Murphy, Community Engagement Coordinator - Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC)
Email: community@cafnec.org.au
Bess is a Community Engagement Coordinator at CAFNEC and is passionate about science, sustainability and education. She is a trained environmental scientist/biologist and has specialised in saltmarsh and mangrove ecosystems. Bess lives on a Nature Refuge property on the Atherton Tablelands adjoining Wooroonoran National Park where her and her partner are establishing a sustainable timber business. 

Craig Pocock, Managing Director - Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Email: managing.director@skyrail.com.au
A proud Cairns local, Craig has intimate knowledge of the region’s tourism sector gained from a career spanning over 30 years. Craig’s experience across the tourism sector reflects his understanding and appreciation of the local tourism industry. Craig is a passionate advocate of sustainability and corporate responsibility in the ongoing development and preservation of the region’s unique visitor experiences.

 

Gerard Puglisi, Next Generation Officer – Australian Cane Farmers
Email: gtpuglisifarming@bigpond.com
Gerard Puglisi is a fourth generation sugarcane farmer and pioneer of the Australian Cocoa Farming industry in Mossman. Gerard’s family’s business, Puglisi Farming, currently farms 188ha of sugarcane and a 2ha cocoa plantation. Gerard and his wife have built an Australian-first tourist venture called “Sweet Farm Tours” which combines the cocoa and sugarcane experience for teaching about innovative farming practices.

Peter Rowles, C4 and Director - Terrain 
Email: rowlespeter@gmail.com
Peter has had a life-long interest in the natural environment and rate of loss. Originally a teacher, Peter has a long history of volunteering for community organisations in the Innisfail/Mission Beach area with ongoing involvement in promoting conservation and ecologically sustainable land management. Peter is currently President of C4 in Mission Beach, a Director of Terrain NRM and a member of the Cassowary Recovery Team.

 

Angela Toppin, Councillor – Mareeba Shire Council
Email: angelat@msc.qld.gov.au
Angela Toppin is currently a Mareeba Shire Councillor, and retired Principal of Cairns State High School. In 1993 her passion for rural students saw her initiate the Business Liaison Association in Cairns which now offers a range of programs with business and industry to approximately 9000–10,000 students annually. She remains Chair of the Association and has ensured its sustainability for the benefit of the region's youth. 

 

Linda Venn, ex-Principal - Paluma Education Centre 
Email: paluma@bigpond.com.au
Prior to retiring in April 2016, Linda was Principle of the Paluma Outdoor Education Centre at the southern point of the World Heritage Area. Linda is currently running a small tourism business in Paluma township. Linda firmly believes that education is the key to ensuring the protection of the Wet Tropics, and is passionate about ensuring the whole of of the World Heritage Area is presented and interpreted.

 

Seraeah Wyles, Communications Officer – Girringun
Email: communications@girringun.com.au
Seraeah has an Aboriginal Asian heritage with strong connections to Girramay and Warrgamay Traditional Owner groups within the Girringun region. She has been a member of Girringun Aboriginal Corporation for 18 years or more and most recently as the Girringun Communications Officer since June 2015. Seraeah holds a very strong passion for our culture, country and its survival and protection into the future.

 

 

 

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