The appointment of two new directors to the board of the Wet Tropics Management Authority brings expertise in both the impacts of climate change and regional and environmental planning in the region.
Professor Stephen Williams is a rainforest ecologist whose work has focused on understanding biodiversity, assessing the vulnerability of natural ecosystems to global change and using this knowledge to maximise the positive benefits of natural resource management and policy.
With over 30 years of field research experience in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, his research of changing climate regimes on the habitats of birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles in the Wet Tropics is of particular importance for the region.
Robin Clark has extensive experience in urban and regional, environmental and coastal planning, and natural resource management.
Ms Clark has worked for multiple state government agencies across Queensland and across the country over two decades and was formally the Northern Region Regional Director for Planning with the Department of State Development Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.
The Authority’s Executive Director Scott Buchanan said: “The expertise both Robin Clark and Prof Stephen Williams bring to our board means we now have a wealth of experience that will further complement our new board for the next term, a knowledge bank that will guide us and that we can draw into as we navigate challenges to ensuring the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is there for future generations.”
Both appointees will serve a three-year term and were nominated by the Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs, the Honourable Meaghan Scanlon.