Community Consultative Committee

Community Consultative Committee members are appointed by the Wet Tropics Management Authority Board from a broad range of sectors from throughout the Wet Tropics region. Committee members contribute their views and provide advice to the Wet Tropics Management Authority Board on relevant World Heritage issues.

The Community Consultative Committee Terms of Reference provides detailed information about the purpose, membership and roles and responsibilitites of the Committee and its Chair. The meeting operational guidelines can be found here.

 The Committee comprises approximately 12 members who have:

  • established sector or community of interest networks

  • knowledge of the World Heritage Area and involvement in one or more sectoral or community issues associated with its management

  • ability to exchange information between the community, the Committee and the Authority.

The meetings are also regularly attended by representatives from World Heritage Area partners such as QPWS, GBRMPA and Terrain NRM.

2016-2019 Community Consultative Committee Members

Anne Clarke, Director of WTMA Board 
Chair of the Community Consultative Committee

Ms Anne Clarke, who has worked in natural resource management including coastal stream and wetland restoration and fisheries habitat protection. Ms Clarke’s was previously the  Regional Manager (North), Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries included responsibility for the delivery of programs relating to fishing, tourism, engineering and environmental control.  She is currently working with Reef and Rainforest Research Centre.

Dennis Ah Kee

Dennis is a Wanyurr Yidinji Traditional Owner from Babinda. He is also a Director of Jaragun Natural Resource Management and co-founder and Director of the Wet Tropics Biodiversity Foundation. Dennis is passionate about reinstating the natural ecology of Babinda Creek, improving water quality emanating from the Russell catchment and advocating for Indigenous interests and research priorities in Natural Resource Management. Dennis is on several advisory committees, including the Fisheries Research Development Corporation' Indigenous Reference Group.

Seraeah Wyles

I am the eldest of 12 children on my mother’s side and 1 of 14 children from my father’s side. I have an Aboriginal Asian heritage with strong connections to Girramay and Warrgamay Traditional Owner groups within the Girringun region. I have been a member of Girringun Aboriginal Corporation for 18 years or more but most recently as the Girringun Communications Officer since June 2015. I hold a very strong passion for our culture, country and its survival and protection into the future.

Ellie Bock

The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is considered to be one of Earth’s most irreplaceable protected places: of incalculable importance to the ecological sustainability of the greater Wet Tropics, to the region’s Rainforest Aboriginal custodians and to the wellbeing of FNQ’s diverse communities. My interest in the CCC centres on strategic and holistic management of this exceptional biocultural region in facing challenges arising from human-generated global warming. I’d like to contribute to seeing the Wet Tropics, its diverse native species and its unique biosphere prevail in coming decades, for the benefit of all future generations.

Alan Gillanders

Alan is a self-employed nature guide and environmental educator who is based in Yungaburra where he has lived for the 23 of the 40 years spent on the Tablelands. Alan’s involvement in conservation in the Wet Tropics predates the listing and currently includes being an active member of Trees for the Evelyn and Atherton Tablelands (TREAT), Tablelands National Parks Volunteers, Tree-Kangaroo and Mammal Group and BirdLife Australia. As well as the interpretation of the Wet Tropics Alan has an interest in their conservation and restoration.

Sigrid Heise-Pavlov

I am a lecturer at the Centre for Rainforest Studies at The School for Field Studies which is located near the Gillies Range Highway. Here I am teaching rainforest ecology and fauna and doing some research on rainforest mammals such as tree-kangaroos and gliders, and on the development of restoration sites and their colonization by animals. I have been working with local NGOs of the Tablelands such as TREAT and TKMG and believe that strong connections between community groups, conservation minded community members, governmental conservation agencies and scientific institutions are essential to conserve the unique natural assets of the Wet Tropics in perpetuity.

Bess Murphy

My name is Bess and I’m the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC). I’m passionate about science, sustainability and education. In addition to my work at CAFNEC I’m a trained environmental scientist/biologist and have so far specialised in saltmarsh and mangrove ecosystems. I live on a Nature Refuge property on the Atherton Tablelands adjoining Wooroonoran NP where my partner and I are endeavouring to set up a sustainable timber business. I’ve also worked as a science tour guide in the Wet Tropics over the past year or so.