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South Australia/New South Wales/Queensland
Bachelor of Environmental Science (First Class Honours)
I grew up in the small country town of Naracoorte in South Australia. As a kid I spent a lot of time in the Grampians National Park and on family trips throughout Central Australia. At the age of 17 I joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Hydrographic Systems Operator. I was part of a team based in Cairns who were responsible for charting Australian waters. In the Navy I got the opportunity to travel extensively throughout northern and eastern Australian waters and to places overseas, such as, East Timor and Bangkok. I left the Navy in 2003 to study Environmental Science at Wollongong University. I spent four years at University and completed my honours thesis in 2006 on the impacts of urban development on the Yellow-bellied Glider.
Migratory and Marine Biodiversity Section
The Migratory and Marine Biodiversity Section has responsibility for conservation of listed threatened and migratory species in the marine environment and for mitigation of key threatening processes action on these species. During my time with this section I worked with two teams. Within the Migratory bird team I had the opportunity to work on the establishment of a Working Group to advise the Department on the implementation of the Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (the first of its kind under the EPBC Act). This included logistical arrangements, preparation of papers, participating in the meeting and drafting the outcomes of the meeting. Within the Turtle and Dugong team I helped organise and participated in the meeting for the National Partnership Approach for the Sustainable Harvest of Turtle and Dugong held on Country at North Stradbroke Island.
Species Listing Section
The Species Listing Section is responsible for the listing of nationally threatened terrestrial, aquatic and marine species, thereby establishing matters of National Environmental Significance (NES), which are the focus of a range of regulatory and funding initiatives.
I was able to sit in on the meeting of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee (the Committee), a panel of 10 independent scientific experts from around Australia. The Committee is central to the work of the section and critical to the Minister's decision-making under the EPBC Act. I was able to help draft advice to the Minister which aids him in making decisions to list new species. I also had the opportunity to analyse potential sensitivities associated with changes to the list of threatened species.
Booderee National Park
At Booderee I had a wonderful opportunity to work with a wonderful mix of people including members from the local Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community. I worked on several projects including: sustainable fisheries management, Environmental Impact Assessments, Bushfire management and Ships Management Schedules. Due to the small size of the park, I was also able to get involved in numerous additional tasks. These included: Sooty Oystercatcher Survey, Little Penguin Survey, track maintenance on Bowen Island and beaches within the park. I highly recommend this rotation. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity where I was welcomed into the wonderful family of Booderee National Park.
Species Information Section
Within this section I am part of a dynamic team who help keep the department up to date with information on threatened species. We also prepare and contribute to a wide range of documents associated with the administration of the EPBC Act including those related to legal action, practice notes, briefing material and correspondence. Under direct supervision I also participate in representation, liaison and negotiation activities with Government and non-government interests as required.
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