The new directors are Christine Grant, a Kuku Yalanji woman with more than 35 years ’experience working with communities in cultural and resource management across Australia and overseas, and Dr Sally Driml, a university lecturer who has worked with the private sector and with Government in tourism economics and environmental policy.
The appointments were nominated by the Hon Leeanne Enoch MP, the Queensland Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science, and Minister for the Arts and by the Hon. Sussan Ley MP, the Federal Minister for the Environment.
Chair of the AuthorityAuthority’s board, Leslie Shirreffs welcomed the skill set of the new board members as very timely.
“The inclusion of Ms Grant and Dr Driml to our board will strengthen our capacity to continue to deliver in a number of important programs in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area" she said.
“I look forward to working with them to ensure the Area remains a world renowned natural and cultural landscape."
Ms Shirreffs said that the Authority’s development of a sustainable tourism plan as well as implementing the Authority’s revised Management Plan, and its climate change adaptation strategy, would all benefit from Ms Grant’s and Dr Driml’s expertise.
“These appointments are timely in that it will continue to reinforce our approach of collaborative management with Rainforest Aboriginal Peoples, as well as help us reinvigorate sustainable tourism in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area at a time when the sector is facing unprecedented challenges."
Ms Grant has experience at a national and international level including work with the Union for Conservation of Nature, the International Council of Monuments and Sites, the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation of Cultural Property, and the Convention on Biological Diversity and the International Indigenous Peoples ’Forum on World Heritage.
Ms Grant has had extensive experience working with Traditional Owner groups on identifying their cultural values, heritage management, conservation and protection.
Dr Driml is a well known environmental and tourism economics and environmental policy expert and is currently a lecturer in Tourism Management at the University of Queensland. She is also a Senior Research Fellow in Tourism Discipline and has developed and delivered courses in applied economics for tourism, tourism policy and planning, sustainable tourism and special interest tourism.
Dr Driml has a long association with the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, having completed her PhD investigating sustainable tourism in the Wet Tropics using an ecological economics approach.
Dr Driml was appointed to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Tourism and Recreation Advisory Committee and has extensive experience in climate change response.
As a consultant, Dr Driml has completed a significant body of work estimating the economic values of Queensland national parks for tourism and recreation.
Both appointees will serve a three year term until October 2023. Ms Grant was nominated by the Queensland Government and Dr Driml by the Commonwealth Government.
Ms Grant and Dr Driml have replaced outgoing directors John Courtney, Anne Clarke and Dr Leah Talbot.
The third board position will be decided upon in the coming months.