Board of Directors

The Wet Tropics Management Authority Board of Directors is established under the Wet Tropics World Heritage Protection and Management Act 1993. The Wet Tropics Ministerial Forum comprises the Commonwealth and Queensland Ministers with responsibility for the respective environment portfolios. The Queensland Minister is the Chair.

Board Structure

The Board consists of seven directors. Commonwealth legislation requires that at least one Australian Government nominee is an Aboriginal person. Two directors are nominated by the Australian Government and two by the Queensland Government. The Chair and an Aboriginal director are nominated by the Wet Tropics Ministerial Forum. The Executive Director of the Authority is a non-voting Board director, appointed in consultation with the Board. 

Non-executive directors are appointed by the Queensland Governor-in-Council for a term of up to three years and serve on a part-time basis.

The Wet Tropics Board’s key function is to implement programs to meet Australia’s international obligations for the World Heritage Area under the World Heritage Convention. Persons are qualified for appointment as directors if they have qualifications or extensive experience in a field related to the Authority’s functions.

Board Meetings

The Wet Tropics Management Authority Board generally meets quarterly. In addition to advice from the executive director, the Board receives advice from advisory committees and liaison groups that it appoints and through wider community engagement processes. 

Current Members

In June 2015 the Wet Tropics Ministerial Forum agreed to a process to re-establish the Wet Tropics Management Authority Board of Directors.

Leslie Shirreffs was named as the Chair of the Board in September 2015 following the advertising of an expression of interest and completion of a full merit process for selection of the non-executive directors. Four other non-executive directors were appointed on 29 November 2015: Ms Leah Talbot, Ms Anne Clarke, Mr John Courtenay and Professor Iain Gordon. Phil Rist, an additional non-executive Indigenous director was appointed on 26 May 2016. 

WTMA  full Board 2016 
Photographer: WTMA/Campbell Clarke
                                                 WTMA Full Board 2016 L-R: Anne Clark, John Courtenay, Leah Talbot, Phil Rist, Leslie Shirreffs, Iain Gordon, Scott Buchanan.

Wet Tropics Board minutes from 2009 to 2017.

Board no.98 December 2016 (awaiting approval at next meeting)
Board no.97 August 2016 
Board no.96 May 2016
Board no.95 February 2016
Board no 94 December 2015
Board no.93 June 2013
Board no.92 February 2013
Board no.91 November 2012
Board no.90 August 2012
Board no.89 May 2012
Board no.88 March 2012
Board no.87 October 2011
Board no.86 August 2011
Board no.85 May 2011
Board no.84 March 2011
Board no.83 November 2010
Board no.82 August 2010
Board no.81 May 2010
Board no.80 March 2010
Board no.79 November 2009
Board no.78 August 2009

Wet Tropics Board Communiqués from 2015 to 2018.

Board no.102 January 2018
Board no.101 August 2017
Board no.100 May 2017
Board no.99   March 2017
Board no.98   December 2016
Board no.97   August 2016
Board no.96   May 2016 
Board no.95   February 2016
Board no.94   December 2015

Wet Tropics Ministerial Forum No 27 Communiqué  July 2017

Wet Tropics Ministerial Forum No 26 Communiqué November 2016


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