South-west Marine Parks Advisory Committee
The South-west Marine Parks Advisory Committee promotes the involvement, engagement and collaboration of marine park users, stakeholders and the community in the management of the 14 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.
Committee Members are appointed for a 3-year term. The current members are:
Andrew Coleman (Chair)
Andrew is the Director of the Marine Parks Management West Section in the Marine and Island Parks Branch of Parks Australia. He 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.
Andrew’s specialist area is economics and ocean management with post graduate research focused in the area of population modelling of marine species and sustainable yields. He has worked with the Federal Government for more than 20 years across a range of Departments including the Productivity Commission and the National Oceans Office, which was responsible for the development of Australia’s Oceans Policy.
As an experienced Director in Parks Australia, Andrew’s background includes marine protected area design and management, marine policy development and the design and delivery of structural adjustment assistance schemes as they relate to marine parks.
Tim is a Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology at The University of Western Australia and is a Project Leader in the National Environmental Science Program Marine Biodiversity Hub.
Tim has published widely on using no-take marine reserves to investigate the effects of recreational and commercial fishing, he has pioneered national scale data syntheses from baited cameras and works on socio-economic assessments of marine parks.
Tim is focused on supporting robust management planning and delivery for Australian Marine Parks and contributing to stakeholder engagement and communication efforts.
Melissa is an experienced researcher and marine educator who works to improve community involvement in Indigenous resource management, fisheries and urban governance decision making processes.
She currently leads the ACE (Adaptation Community Environment) Research Group, which focusses on doing applied research that builds links between research, community and achieves policy outcomes.
She is a member of the World Commission of Protected Areas, the Marine Biosecurity Taskforce (Australia) and the Scientific Expert Panel for the State of Victoria’s Marine and Coastal Council.
Previous roles have included co-leading the Indigenous Theme for the Social and Institutional National Climate Change Adaptation Research Network, Charing the REDMAP Community Advisory Committee and being a Director on the Board of Directors for the Wilderness Society in South Australia.
Melissa’s breadth of committee and board experience will be invaluable for the advisory committee.
Peter is a dedicated conservationist who has been awarded South Australian of the Year for Environmental Protection and in 2016, named Australian Environmentalist of the Year by the Bob Brown Foundation.
Peter has a background in environmental law and expertise in marine and terrestrial protected areas. He is currently the Director of the Wilderness Society in South Australia and has previously held roles on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Australian Executive Committee and Marine Parks Council of South Australia.
Terry Romaro OAM
Terry has extensive commercial fisheries experience. He currently sits on the Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s Tropical Tuna Management Advisory Committee, Southern Bluefin Tuna Management Advisory Committee and Squid Research Advisory Group, as well as the Western Australian Purse Seine Management Advisory Committee.
In 2009, Terry received the Order of Australia Medal for contributions to the commercial fishing industry in Australia.
Sophie is a marine scientist with a strong interest in communications and community engagement.
She currently coordinates the marine monitoring program at Busselton Jetty, oversees the jetty’s environmental management planning and previously ran their marine education tours.
Sophie is a member of the Australian Marine Science Association and Malacological Society of Australasia and has previously volunteered with the Western Australian Museum Laboratories and State Department of Fisheries.
Stephen van Leeuwen
Stephen is a Wardandi Noongar man from the Harris Family in the South West Boojarah Native Title Claim area. The Harris Family have strong cultural connections to the waters in the South-west Marine Region, including Geographe and South-west Corner Marine Parks.
Stephen has over 30 years’ experience in natural resource management and currently provides strategic guidance on biodiversity and conservation science matters to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
Stephen is committed to ensuring Australia’s First Peoples have the opportunity to take an active role in the management of country, including involvement in the co-design and delivery of management programs.
He is focused on ensuring such projects not only deliver strong conservation and biodiversity outcomes but also benefits for social wellbeing, economic prosperity and the cultural security of community.
Learn more about what’s being discussed at committee meetings and related content.
After every meeting, we’ll summarise discussion topics and important points in a meeting communique.
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