Jerrabomberra Wetlands Management Committee

Jerrabomberra Wetlands Management Committee

Committee Members

Ian Lawrence

Ian Lawrence

Ian is an engineer, scientist & planner with 57 years of experience in water infrastructure design and development, water resources planning, water quality assessment and management, and water quality & ecology research. He has held a wide range of appointments including Water Resources Planner for the ACT, ACT Environmental Assessment Officer, Member AWRC Water Quality Advisory Committee, AWA Federal Councillor, and Leader of the Urban Water Research Program of the CRC for Freshwater Ecology.

Dr Jane Roberts

Dr Jane Roberts

Jane is a vegetation ecologist, who for most of her professional life has been working on water-related aspects of natural resources management, especially of rivers and wetlands and floodplains including many highly modified riverscapes and landscapes of southern NSW and northern Victoria. She trained at the University of Canberra, then the University of Adelaide, and for 10 years worked as a research scientist in regional New South Wales. Since 2000, she has worked as an ecological consultant based in Canberra, been contracted to federal and state governments, and regional authorities, and participated in various state and federal initiatives through technical panels, working groups, and expert committees. In addition she has an interest in environmental history of rivers. She brings this diverse experience and strong technical background to the Management Committee, along with a passion and commitment to effective natural resources management. She was appointed a Member of the Management Committee in May 2012.

Dr Aileen Power

Dr Aileen Power

Aileen has extensive experience and expertise in project management, research, public relations, education and environmental reporting. She has worked across many sectors in Australia and overseas to promote environmental stewardship at community and Government levels.  She has a long-standing commitment to sustainable development in all forms and has pursed that commitment through academic studies and practical “on ground” activities.

John Reid

John Reid is an Emeritus Fellow of The Australian National University. He works as an advisor specialising in the creative engagement of visual artists in science communication strategies John Reid was a staff member at The Australian National University (ANU) School of Art from 1978–2013. During this period he integrated a visual art practice in photography, collage and performance about the environment, human rights and cultural identity into his role as a tertiary visual arts researcher, educator, curator and graphic designer.

Jim Barratt

Dr Jim Barrett

Jim Barrett was the founding Director of the Native Fish Strategy (NFS) for the Murray-Darling Basin.   Prior to this he coordinated a National Management Strategy for Carp Control, and also co-authored a national research plan for carp control and a guide to enable regional community groups to prioritise carp management activities. Jim has also managed national programs on feral animals, wildlife management, and a comprehensive reserve system for Australia.  He co-conducted a Review into the Wildlife Protection (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1982, and participated in on-ground initiatives to band migratory birds, tag turtle and eradicate rats on Australia’s small island territories. He was also the Secretary of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Animals Committee, and has represented both the Government and Australia on a range of national and international committees and task forces concerned with wildlife and NRM issues. With the Australian National Parks & Wildlife Service and Australian Nature Conservation Agency, Jim was responsible for the analysis of various wildlife management programs, for both Australian and overseas species, as well as the analysis and synthesis of large and complex applications for acquisitions for a national reserve system, and applications for funding under a national feral animals program. As Director of the NFS, he has authored numerous papers on carp and other invasive fish in the MDB; the provision of fishways (including a program nearing completion that will provide 2500km of continuous fish passage along the Murray river); and the design and implementation of large-scale rehabilitation reaches. Since leaving the Murray-Darling Basin Authority in 2010, Jim continues his interest in natural resource management issues both as a private consultant and as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Institute of Applied Ecology.

Grant Battersby

Grant Battersby
(Representative of Friends of Jerrabomberra Wetlands)

Prior to his retirement in mid-2013, Grant worked predominantly on international energy developments which required frequent consultation with domestic industry and international counterparts as well as preparation of reports, briefing and assessments of broad strategic issues.  He has also participated in a wide range of community groups in the ACT, including the Wanniassa Residents’ Association in the late 1970s, Eastlake Cricket Club as a manager and coach of junior teams in the 1990s, ACT Council of P&C Associations from mid-1990s (including a term as President) and currently serves as a volunteer tutor with the Schools Volunteers Program and a horticultural volunteer with the National Capital Authority. He will represent the Friends of Jerrabomberra Wetlands having participated in the group since December 2013 including planting, weeding, Frog Watch and a bird census.

Stuart Jeffress

The Regional Manager of the ACT Parks and Conservation Service (Territory and Municipal Services Directorate) is responsible for land management and nature conservation throughout Canberra Nature Park including the Jerrabomberra Wetlands.

Doug Watkins

Jenny Horsfield

Jenny Horsfield is a local historian. She is Chair of MOTH (Minders of Tuggeranong Homestead) where she runs an occasional program of cultural events and manages a landcare program to restore the remnant woodland and old Tuggeranong Creek environs.  Jenny is also involved with landcare work for the Southern ACT Catchment Group and Friends of Cooleman Ridge. She is currently writing a book to be called ‘Voices beyond the suburbs: tales from the lands that became Canberra’

ACT Parks and Conservation Service

The Parks and Conservation Service (PCS) within TAMS Directorate is responsible for the planning and management of parks, reserves and rural lands. It protects and conserves the natural resources of the ACT and promotes appropriate recreational, educational and scientific uses of our parks and reserves.

Jerrabomberra Wetlands falls within Canberra Nature Park and a number of PCS staff are involved in managing the Jerrabomberra Wetlands including two Rangers and several field staff, depending upon the nature of works underway. The Ranger office is located in the Wetland Learning Centre at 2 Dairy Road.

A team of Indigenous rangers located at Stromlo Deport also contribute significantly to management of the Jerrabomberra Wetlands. The Murumbung Yurung Murra Rangers are helping re-establish an indigenous presence and connection with the Wetlands and we look forward to their continued involvement.

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Woodlands and Wetlands Trust

The Woodlands and Wetlands Trust Board was established to work with the Mulligans Flat Woodland and Sanctuary and Jerrabomberra Wetlands to sustainably manage the rich and diverse environments for today’s and future generations.

The Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary and the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve together protect over 600 hectares of the Australian Capital Territory’s most significant landscapes. These reserves showcase the importance of environmental assets in our communities.

It is remarkable that, with urban development on their doorsteps, these areas can support the Territory’s most diverse avifauna habitats, and the region’s largest protected area of Yellow Box – Blakely’s Red Gum Grassy Woodland, listed nationally as a critically endangered ecological community.

Their natural and cultural values are recognised as Public Land Nature Reserves under the Territory Plan, and Jerrabomberra Wetlands is also classified as Designated Land under the National Capital Plan.

You can get involved in supporting these nationally significant wetlands and woodlands to make sure they continue to provide habitat for a diverse range of birds and other animals and remain accessible to the wider community.

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