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Carla

Carla

Home State

Victoria

University

Deakin University

Degree/s

Bachelor of Science - Environmental Science / Earth Science
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Geography / Asian Studies
Masters of Cultural Heritage

Background

I have always been fascinated by the way people use (and sometimes abuse) the environment. These themes carried through in my university studies where the combined interest in people and environment eventually lead me to heritage management. These interests have opened many doors for me, the most exciting one to date (except for being accepted into the Department of the Environment and Water Resources graduate Program of course!) was working for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation for 16 months in their Hanoi Office. My experience in Vietnam and the wider Indo-China area cemented my interest in cultural interpretations of environment and how they impact on management.

Wanting to branch out from cultural heritage and gain more experience in environmental management, I applied for the 2007 Department of Environment Graduate Program. The Graduate Program has given me the opportunity to extend my knowledge and experience managing Australia's cultural heritage and precious natural resources.

First Placement

Heritage Division / Heritage Strategy / Heritage Policy

The Heritage Policy section works on a range of issues including National Heritage policy (strategic policy development; public engagement with National Heritage places; sustainable heritage strategies; social and economic effects of heritage listing).

Some of my duties involved:

Second Placement

Office of the Secretary / Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act Review Implementation Taskforce

This Taskforce is responsible for implementing the recommendations of a review of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 which was completed in 2006. Some of the recommendations involve making amendments to the Act in Parliament.

Some of my duties involved:

Third Placement

Marine and Biodiversity Division / Marine Environment Branch / Migratory and Marine Biodiversity

The Migratory and Marine Biodiversity Section focuses on Program delivery and policy development and implementation. It prepares and monitors the implementation of recovery plans for listed threatened marine species.

Some of my duties involved:

Final Placement

Marine and Biodiversity Division / Biodiversity Conservation Branch / Natural Resources Policy

The Section's work includes policy development in the areas of NRM, Conservation covenants, Tax issues for land philanthropy, and is responsible for 'Mainstreaming biodiversity' in policy

The section also houses the Secretariat for the Natural Resources Policy and Programs Committee (NRPPC), Marine and Coastal Committee (MACC) and Biodiversity Advisory Council (BDAC)

I am responsible for MACC Secretariat duties which involves liaising with Commonwealth, State, and Territory agencies on Marine and Coastal issues. I am also involved in NRM policy analysis.

'the best thing about working for us ... is the environment'