Judy Edwards

Judy Edwards

Former Minister for the Environment; Science

    Shark Bay World Heritage appointments

    10/10/2005 12:00 AM

    Environment Minister Judy Edwards today announced appointments to the Shark Bay World Heritage Property Community Consultative Committee and the Scientific Advisory Committee.

    Dr Edwards, who is chair of the Shark Bay Ministerial Council, said Carnarvon businessman Richard Patty had been re-appointed for a further term while tourism expert Bart Boelen had been appointed as a new member of the community consultative committee.

    Mr Patty is chairman of the Gascoyne Development Commission. He also has served as the committee’s representative on the scientific advisory committee. His reappointment has provided continuity and valuable experience to both groups.

    Mr Boelen has had 15 years’ experience with Tourism Western Australia (formerly WA Tourism Commission) in both marketing and development roles and has considerable experience and knowledge of the Shark Bay area, through previous employment as the Gascoyne regional manager and the northern development manager with Tourism WA. He also has considerable experience in project management and regional development.

    Dr Edwards also announced the reappointments of Dr Lindsay Joll, Greg Keighery and Dr Per Christensen to the Shark Bay World Heritage Property Scientific Advisory Committee.

    Dr Christensen is a consultant ecologist with experience in fauna ecology. He is a scientific adviser and member of the management committee of the Project Eden wildlife recovery program being conducted in the Shark Bay area.

    Mr Keighery, a principal research scientist with the science division of the Department of Conservation and Land Management, is a renowned botanist, with extensive knowledge of the flora of Western Australia and its biology.

    Dr Joll, a senior research scientist with the Department of Fisheries, has been closely involved in fisheries resource management in Shark Bay for more than 17 years. He has conducted a variety of biological studies on scallops, been involved in the prawn trawl and snapper fishery and has a sound knowledge of the Shark Bay pearl oyster and culture industry.

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