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Tessa

Tessa

Home State

NSW

University

University of Newcastle
Australian National University

Degree/s

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Policy)
PhD Candidate (ongoing)

Background

My university degree introduced me to a range of fields including law, history, political science and languages, and I spent several semesters studying in Germany and the United States. The great temperate rainforests of the American Northwest inspired me to study and work in environmental policy and history and I have loved very minute in this field. In 2006 I moved to Canberra to begin my PhD study in environmental history at ANU, comparing experiences of forestry conflict in Tasmania and Canada. I put my research on hold to enter the DEW Graduate Program and was delighted when my first rotation landed me in the Forest Policy Section.

First Placement

Forest Policy Section, Biodiversity Conservation Branch

This section oversees national forest environment policy for native forests and plantations. In particular it is responsible for the ongoing monitoring and review of Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) and the implementation of the conservation aspects of the Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement. I found this work extremely interesting and enjoyed the challenge of responding quickly to political developments and liaising with different areas of DEW and other government departments. My work in this team included:

Second Placement

Darling River Section, Water Services Branch

During my rotation, the Water Services Branch sections operated as a single team with responsibility for setting up the modernising irrigation and overallocation elements of the new $10 billion National Plan for Water Security. The Darling River Section has a geographical responsibility for the Darling River region, manages on-farm water use efficiency Programs, and coordinates stakeholder engagement for the National Plan.

2007 was a chaotic and exciting time in water policy, and this rotation was a unique opportunity to take part in developing a major program of water reform. I had the chance to meet key irrigation stakeholders, attend a range of stakeholder forums, participate in Program design and management. My tasks in this rotation included:

Third Placement

Natural Heritage Assessment Section, Heritage Assessment Branch

The Natural Heritage Assessment team is responsible for the assessment of places with natural heritage values for the Commonwealth, National and World Heritage Lists; and developing stories and Programs for the acknowledgement and celebration of National Heritage Listed places.

This rotation was a steep but fascinating learning curve, requiring me to research and analyse biological and geological values of heritage sites. My duties in this team included:

Permanent Position

Forest Policy Section, Biodiversity Conservation Branch

Returning to my roots (ha! - sorry) in the Forest Policy team as a policy offer was the perfect finish to my graduate year. My duties now involve providing input to the monitoring and review of the states' Regional Forest Agreements, developing plantation policy, and managing projects under the Tasmanian Forest Tourism Initiative. This role enables me to combine my personal and academic interests in forest conservation and the timber industry, with developing strategic approaches to national forest policy. It is challenging and hectic, but always rewarding. My work ranges from analysis of legislation and court judgments, management of tourism contracts, monitoring and responding to forest policy issues in the media, liaison with stakeholders from landowners to DAFF officers, and policy development relating to environmental benefits of plantations.

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