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Department of the Environment and Water Resources annual report 2006–07

Volume two
Department of the Environment and Water Resources, 2007
ISSN 1441-9335

Legislation annual reports 2006–07 (continued)

Operation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (continued)

Appendix 3—Functions and membership of advisory committees established under the EPBC Act

Threatened Species Scientific Committee

Under section 503 of the EPBC Act, the functions of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee are:

Table 14: Membership of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee as at 30 June 2007
Associate Professor Robert Beeton (Chair) Dr Bill Humphreys
Associate Professor Peter Harrison Dr Tony Lewis
Mr Guy Fitzhardinge Dr Andrea Taylor
Professor Gordon Grigg Dr Rosemary Purdie
Professor Graham Harris Dr John Woinarski

Biological Diversity Advisory Committee

Under section 505 of the EPBC Act, the functions of the Biological Diversity Advisory Committee are:

Committee members can be appointed for up to five years.

Table 15: Membership of the Biological Diversity Advisory Committee during 2006—07
Name Section of EPBC Act/group represented
Professor Ralf Buckley (Acting chair) Tourism sector
Mr Kim Evans 504 (a) The body known as the Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council (now Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council)
Mr Alistair Graham 504 (4b) Conservation organisations that are not authorities of the Commonwealth or of any state or territory
Mr Tim Low 504 (4c) Scientific community 'terrestrial'
Dr Patricia Mather AO 504 (4c) Scientific community 'marine'
Mr Bill Sloane 504 (4d) Rural community
Dr Cecil Camilleri 504 (4e) Business community
Associate Professor Stephan Schnierer 504 (4ea) Indigenous community
Dr Charlie Zammit 504 (4f) Commonwealth
Dr Andrew Ash 504 (4b) Scientific community
Councillor Bill Mitchell Local government

All positions on the committee lapsed at the end of their term in February 2007. The minister is currently considering candidates for appointment to the committee.

Indigenous Advisory Committee

Under section 505B of the EPBC Act, the Indigenous Advisory Committee provides advice to the minister on the operation of the EPBC Act, taking into account the significance of Indigenous people's knowledge of land management and the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The committee:

Table 16: Membership of the Indigenous Advisory Committee as at 30 June 2007
Name State or territory
Ms Melissa George (Chair) Queensland
Mr Dave Johnston (Deputy chair) Australian Capital Territory
Mr Rocky Sainty Tasmania
Mr Vic McGrath Torres Strait Islands
Mr Damein Bell Victoria
Ms Francine McCarthy Northern Territory
Mr Joe Morrison Northern Territory
Mr Glen Kelly Western Australia
Mr Robert Carroll New South Wales
Dr Ngiare Brown Northern Territory
Mr Daniel Oades Western Australia
Vacant New South Wales

Australian Heritage Council

Under the Australian Heritage Council Act 2003, the functions of the Australian Heritage Council are to:

Amendments to the EPBC Act and the Australian Heritage Council Act 2003 which came into effect on 19 February 2007 made changes to the nomination and assessment process for the National Heritage List including the council's role in that process. The amendments also froze the Register of the National Estate.

Table 17: Membership of the Australian Heritage Council as at 30 June 2007
Mr Tom Harley (Chair) Mr Rodney Dillon
Dr Jane Lennon AM Dr Libby Mattiske
Dr Denis Saunders AM Mr Howard Tanner
Dr Gaye Sculthorpe Mr Richard Lewis (associate council member)