Australian Marine Parks

The North-west Marine Parks Advisory Committee promotes the involvement, engagement and collaboration of marine park users, stakeholders and the community in the management of the 13 marine parks in the region.

The Committee brings together a wealth of knowledge and expertise across a range of topics relevant to marine park management, including tourism, fishing, sea country, marine transport, science, conservation, governance, communications and engagement.

Committee members will work with Parks Australia staff to shape the management of Australian Marine Parks, providing advice on marine issues at a regional level and strengthening our understanding of park user interests and issues.

This collaborative approach to management is critical to achieving our vision of healthy, resilient and well-managed marine parks that deliver benefits for all Australians.

There will be a minimum of two meetings per year. The next meeting is planned for mid-2021.


Committee Members are appointed for a two year term. The current members are:

Bianca Priest

Bianca Priest (Chair)

Bianca is the Director of the Marine Parks Management West Section in the Marine Parks Branch of Parks Australia. She oversees management of the North-west and South-west Marine Park Networks which include 27 Australian Marine Parks that lie in Commonwealth waters off Western Australia and South Australia.

Bianca has worked with the Federal Government for more than 10 years across a range of programs including marine park management, marine bioregional planning, marine policy development and protected species management.

In 2012, Bianca worked in the Solomon Islands with the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Management on the Coral Triangle Initiative. Prior to joining the public service, she worked in the environment not-for-profit sector.

Peter Coote

Peter Coote

Peter currently owns and operates a game fishing boat and has spent over 40 years operating boats in State and Commonwealth waters along the Western Australian coastline.

Peter has previously participated in fishing advisory groups and is currently the Honorary Secretary for the Western Australian Game Fishing Club and Game Fishing Association of Australia. He is also a life member and current President of the Perth Game Fishing Club and is responsible for the Rottnest Trench FAD program.

His technical and commercial experience in the petroleum industry adds to his perspective on marine issues.

A long-time traveller to the North-west and Kimberley coasts, Peter is passionate about the north-west marine environment.

Tony Evans

Tony Evans

Tony has extensive board and committee experience and is currently a member of the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Advisory Committee, a board member of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority, and the President of the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia.

Tony also brings strong governance skills to the advisory committee, with executive management experience in a number of sectors including resources, education, property, government and not-for-profit.

John Harrison

John Harrison

John has held a number of senior positions within the broader fishing industry around Australia and across both commercial and recreational fishing – CEO Western Australia Fishing Industry Council, CEO Western Rock Lobster Council, EO Professional Fishermen’s Association NSW, EO Amateur Fishermen’s Association NT and CEO Recfish Australia.

He has also been on many board and councils during this time including: two terms as a Director on the Fisheries Research & Development Corporation; Western Australian Marine Science Institution; National Seafood Industry Alliance; Australian Council of Prawn Fisheries; NSW Seafood Industry Advisory Council; Wetland Care Australia; and President of Recfish Australia.

As well as his unparalleled experience across the fishing industry representational arena John brings a strong understanding of research and development activities.

Michelle Howard

Michelle Howard

Michelle is the co-owner of a fishing and boat charter business and has 20 years’ experience in the marine tourism industry. She operates eco-charter and live-aboard fishing charters off the coast of Western Australia.

Michelle has significant local knowledge of the Australian Marine Parks along the west coast and is the Secretary and Treasurer of Marine Tourism WA.

Michelle has extensive experience operating a small business and has a strong cross-jurisdictional understanding of compliance and authorisation requirements.

Keld Knudsen

Keld Knudsen

Keld is a Government Affairs Advisor for Santos Limited, one of Australia’s largest oil and gas producers. Prior to joining Santos in March 2021, Keld was a Director with the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) where he represented the oil and gas exploration, development and production industry in Australia. Keld also has experience as a Federal Government regulator of offshore petroleum and minerals titles.

Keld is an experienced policy, communications and government relations professional with an in-depth understanding of the Australian petroleum industry, exploration, energy markets and related policy issues. He has extensive experience in marine policy, offshore resource development and industry-led marine research. Keld is committed to upholding the vision of protecting our unique marine environment, while acknowledging and supporting coastal communities and marine industries around the country.

Gina Lincoln

Gina Lincoln

Gina is a respected environmental practitioner with extensive networks in terrestrial and marine management, science and conservation across Australia.

Gina holds the role of Secretariat for the Kimberley Indigenous Saltwater Advisory Group (ISWAG) and helps facilitate knowledge sharing between local, State and Commonwealth Governments, researchers and research institutions.

She is the principle consultant for Kimberley-based Mosaic Environmental, having previously worked in regional conservation and leadership roles across the private and public sectors.

Gina brings a wealth of project management, operational and strategic development skills from her work with state departments and Indigenous Land Councils.

Dean Mathews

Dean Mathews

Dean is a Yawuru Traditional Owner, senior member of the Yawuru Land and Sea Team and co- chair of the Kimberley Indigenous Saltwater Advisory Group.

Dean has extensive knowledge and experience in saltwater country management, joint management and Indigenous science initiatives. His depth of cultural knowledge comes from a strong traditional connection to Yawuru saltwater country.

As a Director of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute and Yawuru Prescribed Body Corporate,he also brings strong board and committee experience that will be very valuable for the advisory committee.

Sean McNeair

Sean McNeair

Sean is a Malgana man and is the Malgana Land and Sea Management Coordinator for the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation in and around the World Heritage listed Shark Bay area.

He previously managed the Murujuga Land and Sea Unit, with responsibility for National Heritage areas on the Burrup Peninsula and across the surrounding Dampier Archipelago.

Sean’s family has been involved in the commercial fishing and pearling business for several generations and he’s been involved from an early age.

Sean’s strong cultural connection to country in the north-west marine region will bring invaluable insights to the advisory committee.

Kellie Pendoley

Kellie Pendoley

Kellie is a highly committed marine scientist who specialises in marine turtle biology and ecology, and artificial light at night (ALAN) monitoring and measurement.

She currently works as a private environmental consultant and has over 30 years practical experience working in the north-west region of Western Australia with industry, regulators, nongovernment organisations and government clients.

She is very familiar with the West Australian north-west marine environment and the marine industries that operate there. Kellie also brings more than 20 years’ involvement with state, national and international boards and committees.

Jim Stoddart

Jim Stoddart

Jim brings over 30 years’ experience working on tropical and subtropical marine systems across Australia, including the Kimberley and Pilbara regions, the GBR and Torres Strait, and internationally.

He has an eclectic perspective, having worked with a range of organisations including CSIRO, AIMS, Rio Tinto, the University of Western Australia and most recently a marine consultancy.

Jim has specific experience in ecology, fisheries science, marine park management, resource development, oceans policy, and environmental policy. He is a keen boater and occasional fisherman. Jim is fascinated by the variety of Australia’s marine environments.

Mat Vanderklift

Mat Vanderklift

Mat currently works for the CSIRO as a marine ecologist and leads the Ningaloo Outlook project which is providing science to inform management of the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area.

His research activities span tropical and temperate ecosystems across Australia and internationally: a key research focus for Mat is translating his findings into management advice and community capacity building.

Mat will bring strong expertise on the blue economy, blue carbon, and the ecology of coral reefs, seagrasses and seaweeds.

Mat also works with indigenous ranger groups in the Kimberley to inform management of Indigenous Protected Areas.

Learn more about what’s being discussed at committee meetings and related content.

Meeting Communiques

After every meeting, we’ll summarise discussion topics and important points in a meeting communique.

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