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The Hon Mark Butler MP

Minister for Climate Change
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Water

Chair of Heritage Council re-appointed

Media release
30 July 2013

Federal Heritage Minister, Mark Butler, today announced the reappointment of Professor Carmen Lawrence as Chair of the Australian Heritage Council for a further three year term.

Mr Butler said he was pleased that Professor Lawrence will continue to provide leadership and advice to government as Chair of the Australian Heritage Council.

“During Professor Lawrence’s time as Chair, the Australian Heritage Council has been involved in some of Australia’s most significant national heritage listings, including our largest ever heritage listing, The West Kimberley in Western Australia,” Mr Butler said.

“In making my announcement I am also delighted to appoint three new members to the council, Ms Kate Cark, Dr Jak Ah Kit and Dr Jennifer Whinam. All three will bring extensive experience and expertise to their role as council members, particularly in the field of Indigenous heritage, ecology and botany, historic heritage and heritage management.”

Dr John Ah Kit has an honorary Doctorate from Charles Darwin University in 2009 for his contribution to Indigenous people, commitment to reconciliation and cross-cultural understanding. At this university, he was also the Chair of the Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Advisory Committee. Dr Ah Kit was the Northern Territory's first Aboriginal Government Minister as the Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Indigenous Affairs.

Dr Jennifer Whinam is a Senior Ecologist for World Heritage Areas with the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks Water and Environment. Dr Whinam is recognised as an expert in her field and has authored and co-authored numerous publications related to botany, ecology and conservation management. Dr Whinam is the Senior Botanist on the Macquarie Island Research and Advisory Group, has worked in international and national research posts and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Australian National University, Canberra.

Ms Kate Clark is the Director of Sydney Living Museums and has extensive experience in heritage management, heritage economics, heritage policy and research across a broad spectrum of heritage activities. Ms Clark has over 20 years experience with heritage in the United Kingdom at senior levels with the UK Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage. Ms Clark has published widely on a variety of heritage-related topics and is also on the Grants Advisory Panel for the NSW Heritage Office.

“I look forward to working with the new council members as we move towards our 100th national heritage listing,” Mr Butler said.

“In welcoming new members to the council, I would also like to thank and acknowledge the work and contribution of our retiring members.

“Over the last six years Dr Elizabeth Mattiske, Mr Howard Tanner and Mr Rodney Dillon have made a remarkable contribution to the protection of Australia’s unique heritage. Their knowledge, experience and extensive networks across the national, international and Indigenous heritage community have enabled the Council to undertake its significant work with rigour, candour and professionalism,” Mr Butler said.