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Membership of the NT Environment Protection Authority

Chair of the NT EPA, Dr William Freeland

Dr William Freeland

Dr William Freeland gained his Masters degree in Science at the University of Queensland before obtaining a PhD in Zoology from the University of Michigan. Prior to his appointment, Dr Freeland was an environmental consultant working with business and industry in environmental management in the Northern Territory. He is a former Director of the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory and Director of Conservation Strategy with the Queensland government.

Dr Freeland has spent 30 years of his career in the Northern Territory. He has considerable knowledge and understanding of environmental issues in the Territory. Dr Freeland has over 20 years' experience in research and management roles with the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory including working with the community. His experience in the Territory has given Dr Freeland an extensive understanding and appreciation of the issues relevant to regional areas and the indigenous community.

He has represented the Territory on various national environmental groups such as the National Standing Committee for Water, Land and Biodiversity, Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council, and the Standing Committee to the Australian and New Zealand Environment Council.

During his career, Dr Freeland has published scientific papers and consultancy work in the fields of conservation management, environmental impacts, waste management, ecologically sustainable development and tourism development. Dr Freeland brings a breadth of experience to the position of Chair of the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority.

Professor David John Williams

Professor David John Williams

After obtaining his First Class Honours Degree in Civil Engineering from Monash University, Professor David Williams obtained his PhD in Soil Mechanics at the University of Cambridge.

Professor Williams is currently the Director of the Geotechnical Engineering Centre within the School of Civil Engineering at The University of Queensland, where he has been based for most of his 30-year career. Professor Williams enjoys an international reputation for applying geotechnical principles to mine waste disposal and mined landform design. He has researched and published extensively in this field and is highly sought after for his advice and for peer reviews of operating and closing mines within Australasia and worldwide. Over the last 10 years, Professor Williams has been active in the drafting of Commonwealth Government Leading Practice Sustainable Development Handbooks for the Mining Industry, and was involved in the drafting of the 2012 Australian National Committee on Large Dams ( ANCOLD) Guidelines on Tailings Dams.

Dr John Colin Chapman

Dr John Colin Chapman

Dr John Chapman completed his PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Sydney and subsequently obtained a diploma in environmental studies at the Macquarie University.

Dr Chapman brings over 30 years' experience in the field of ecotoxicology and environmental protection having worked in the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and its predecessors. He is currently an Honorary Scientific Fellow with OEH. During this time, Dr Chapman was involved in ecotoxicology research, supervision and management and has produced numerous reports and advice in the area of chemicals and the impacts of contamination on the environment. Dr Chapman was involved in developing the toxicant guidelines for the Australian & New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality (ANZECC 2000) and is on the team for the current revision of these guidelines. He currently undertakes occasional consulting in ecotoxicology and honorary work with OEH.

Ms Janice van Reyk

Ms Janice van Reyk

Ms Janice van Reyk is an experienced non-executive director on a number of boards in the infrastructure and utilities sector. She has a strong commercial background as a senior executive in ASX listed industrial companies combined with environmental experience.

Ms van Reyk's environmental experience includes advising on a range of socio-economic assessments, stakeholder consultations, environmental and remediation issues. Together with her executive management experience she brings great depth to the NT EPA.

Ms van Reyk is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has a Master of Environment specialising in water, energy and urban issues; a Master of Commerce specialising in corporate finance, economics and accounting; and a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws.

Dr Ian Geoffrey Wallis

Dr Ian Geoffrey Wallis

Dr Ian Wallis brings 30 years experience as an environmental engineer providing advice to water and sewerage authorities and industries. He has been a registered environmental auditor for 17 years providing advice in the form of environmental studies, audits, investigations and inputs into environmental impact assessments.  

Dr Wallis conducted postgraduate research at Monash University in sediment transport, the dispersion of wastes in estuarine and ocean waters, and the social and technical issues involved in managing pollution, and was a researcher at various Universities and laboratories in the UK and USA.

Dr Wallis has extensive experience in environmental assessments, air quality, water quality and oceanographic studies, and is recognised as one of Australia's experts in these fields. He was a member of the Expert Panels on Desalination and on dredging in Darwin Harbour.

Chair of the NT Planning Commission, Mr Gary Nairn

Mr Gary Nairn

The Hon Gary Nairn is the Chairman of the Northern Territory Planning Commission.

After a 25 year career as a surveyor in Australia, UK & Europe, including 13 years as Managing Director of his Darwin based surveying and mapping consultancy, Gary Nairn was elected as the Federal Member for Eden-Monaro in 1996.  

He served in the Australian Parliament until 2007 which included being the Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Howard from 2004 to 2006 and Special Minister of State from 2006 to 2007. His responsibilities in these roles included water reform, e-Government, Commonwealth properties, the Australian Electoral Commission and five Government Business Enterprises.

Mr Nairn lived in the Northern Territory for 15 years and was involved in the planning, design and survey of major developments such as Palmerston, Cullen Bay, Katherine East and Bayview.

Mr Nairn remains involved in the spatial industry through his consultancy work and is currently the national chairman of the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and also chairs the Tasmanian Spatial Information Council (TASSIC), an advisory council to the Tasmanian Government.

Relationship with the Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment

Under section 37 of the NT EPA Act, the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment (DLPE) must provide the NT EPA with staff and facilities to enable it to properly exercise its powers and perform its functions. DLPE provides the NT EPA with support for its corporate functions.

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