ACT Natural Resource Management Council

The ACT Natural Resource Management (NRM) Council provides  independent strategic advice, consistent with its charter,  to the ACT Government Environment and Planning Directorate on Australian  Government funded natural resource management investment.

ACT NRM Council Membership

The current members of the ACT NRM Council are:

  • Alison Archer
  • Tyronne Bell
  • Roland Breckwoldt
  • Paul Davies (Chair)
  • Ian Falconner
  • Ian Johnsson
  • Jasmyn Lynch

Member – Alison Archer
Appointment 24  November 2015 to 30 June 2018

Alison is a Palawa woman – her mother’s country is in the  Ben Lomond region of North East Tasmania. Her 35 year career as an Australian  Government public servant includes 17 years in the corporate and human resource  management sectors, and 18 years as a senior manager in heritage, environment  and natural resource management (NRM). She was the Director of the NSW/ACT NRM  team in the Australian Government Department of the Environment for 7 years  until her retirement in 2013. As part of this role she was integrally involved  in developing and managing bilateral agreements and effective working  relationships with the NSW and ACT governments, regional NRM bodies and key  community-based NRM organisations. During this period, she also managed the  then Indigenous Policy Branch within the department for 8 months, significantly  advancing the implementation of the highly successful Working on Country  initiative.

Member – Tyronne Bell
Appointment  22 July 2013 to 30 June 2018

Tyronne Bell has lived on Country all his life. He is the  youngest of seven children, and grew up in Yass learning traditional culture  from his father Don Bell (senior). Challenging early experiences helped shape  his lifelong passion for the advancement of Aboriginal issues. Tyronne has  become a strong advocate for the recognition of Aboriginal culture and  language, in particular that of the Ngunnawal people.

Tyronne has worked as a ranger in the ACT Parks and  Conservation Service. He also has ten years experience with the Australian  Government public service, working mainly on the Native Title related issues.

Tyronne’s knowledge of the local region is considerable. He  is actively involved in many community-based activities and projects to promote  Aboriginal culture and language.

Member – Roland Breckwoldt
Appointment  22 July 2013 to 30 June 2018

Roland has worked on agricultural and natural resource  management policies and programs in the NSW and Australian governments. He also  is a skilled facilitator and communicator and is experienced in designing and  implementing community consultation and public participation programs.

As a consultant, he has developed a wide professional  network and worked with the Australian and state governments, Aboriginal  organisations and the corporate sector. A recent consultancy involved leading a  multi- disciplinary team completing a biosecurity management and monitoring  plan for the Department of Defence at the Holsworthy Training Area.

Roland has written over 30 publications, including four  books, on natural resource management. He has been an invited speaker and  lecturer on environmental conservation and rural land management issues in all states  and mainland territories of Australia.

Roland has been a Councillor on Bega Valley Shire Council.  He has also served as an elected director on the Far South Coast Pastures  Protection Board. He has been a member of a number of Australian Government,  NSW Government and other advisory policy committees and was made a Fellow of  the University of New England in 1996 in recognition of his contribution to  sustainable rural land use.

Chair – Paul Davies
Appointment  22 July 2013 to 30 June 2018

Paul has a strong personal and professional interest in  natural resource management in the ACT. He has worked for 35 years in the  ACT and Australian governments, including in a number of senior management  positions. His professional experience has covered protected area management,  policy development, program development and delivery, review and development of  environmental legislation and natural resource management.

Paul was a senior manager in the Australian Government Land  and Coasts team delivering natural resource management programs in partnership  with state and local governments, regional bodies and community organisations.

He was formerly employed with the ACT Parks and  Conservation Service and is currently a member of the ACT Natural Resource  Management Advisory Committee. Paul has also been a member of the NSW National  Parks and Wildlife Service Southern Ranges Region Advisory Committee for 13  years.

Member – Professor Ian Falconner
Appointment 24  November 2015 to 30 June 2018

Ian was a member of the Ministerial Council of the Murray-Darling  Basin Community Advisory Committee for 4 years. He also was a member of the  Basin Community Committee of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority for 4 years. He  has First Class Honours in Agricultural Science, a PhD in Biological Chemistry  and a Doctor of Science Award for distinguished research in mammalian  endocrinology.

Ian has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for  Chemistry in the United Kingdom for distinguished contributions to chemistry.  He holds Honorary qualifications from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (the  agricultural university) and Prince of Songkla University, Thailand, for his assistance  with their development over a period totalling 25 years.

Ian’s professional interest is in water quality. His  appointment as Officer of the Order of Australia was for Science, especially  quality of drinking water, with membership of the National Health and Medical Research  Council, World Health Organisation and Pan American Health Organisation expert  committees. His academic career includes Executive Dean of Science, Rural  Science and Natural Resource Management at the University of New England, and  Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Adelaide.

Member – Ian Johnsson
Appointment 24  November 2015 to 30 June 2018

Ian has had a rural upbringing, and 25 years experience in the  agricultural research and development sector.

In 2011, Ian stepped down from a position as a General  Manager with Meat & Livestock Australia having accumulated over two decades  of experience in national research, development and extension investment and  management for rural industries in the not-for-profit research and development  corporation environment.

His experience has included the role of Program Manager  responsible for research, development and extension in Southern Australia for  all beef, sheepmeat and goat production, and eight years working for the pork  industry (1998-2006), including 6 years establishing and leading the Research  & Innovation team within Australian Pork Ltd. All these roles have included  substantive research portfolios in sustainable agriculture.

Ian is currently a consultant with a focus on rural research,  development and extension investment strategy, program development and  evaluation. He lives in a rural residential community, and is the President of  the local Carwoola Community Association, and a longstanding, active member of the  local LandCare group.

Member – Jasmyn Lynch
Appointment  22 July 2013 to 30 June 2018

Jasmyn Lynch is a conservation ecologist with expertise in  research on rare and threatened species; biodiversity patterns and processes;  vegetation, climate and geomorphology interactions; wetland assessments and  management; and ecological and threatening process frameworks. Her research  experience ranges from the genetic scale, through species autecology, regional  ecology, global patterns of diversity, to the application of science to  conservation policy and environmental management. Jasmyn has over 20 years  experience on environmental issues, having worked with the Australian,  Tasmanian, Queensland and Western Australian governments, universities of  Queensland, Tasmania and Canberra, and Indigenous representatives of Cape York  Peninsula.

Jasmyn  is currently the Assistant Professor in the Institute of Applied Ecology,  University of Canberra.