Community Consultative Committee 

Community Consultative Committee members are appointed by the Wet Tropics Management Authority Board. 

Committee members contribute their views and provide advice to the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s Board on relevant World Heritage issues.

The Committee comprises of individuals who have relevant sector or community networks. The committee holds diverse knowledge of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, is involvement in community issues and has the capacity to be the conduit for information flow between the community and the Authority. 

2016-2019 Community Consultative Committee Members

Wet Tropics Management Authority

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

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

Wet Tropics Management Authority

Dennis Ah Kee

Dennis Ah Kee 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.

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Seraeah Wyles

Seraeah is the eldest of 12 children on hermother’s side and one of 14 children on her father’s side. She has an Aboriginal Asian heritage with strong connections to Girramay and Warrgamay Traditional Owner groups within the Girringun region. She has been a member of Girringun Aboriginal Corporation for more than 18 years and most recently works as the Girringun Communications Officer. She holds a strong passion for herculture, country and its survival and protection into the future.

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Ellie Bock

Ellie's interest in the CCC centres on strategic and holistic management of this exceptional biocultural region in facing challenges arising from human-generated global warming. She would 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.

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Alan Gillanders

Alan is a self-employed nature guide and environmental educator based in Yungaburra where he has lived for 23 of the 40 years he has 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, 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 its conservation and restoration.

Wet Tropics Management Authority

Sigrid Heise-Pavlov

Sigrid Heise-Pavlov is a lecturer at the Centre for Rainforest Studies at The School for Field Studies, located near the Gillies Range Highway. She is teaching rainforest ecology and fauna, and researching rainforest mammals and the development and colonisation of restoration sites. She has been working with local NGOs of the Tablelands such as TREAT and TKMG and believes 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.

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Bess Murphy

Bess is the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre. She is passionate about science, sustainability and education. She is a trained environmental scientist/biologist and has so far specialised in saltmarsh and mangrove ecosystems. She lives on a nature refuge property on the Atherton Tablelands adjoining Wooroonoran NP where she and her partner are endeavouring to set up a sustainable timber business. She has also worked as a science tour guide in the Wet Tropics over the past year.