Bushfire Advisory Committee

Mr Greg Banks, B.App.Sc. (Parks Recreation and Heritage), Grad.Dip. Environmental & Local Government Law

Greg commenced at the Nature Conservation Council of NSW in April 2010 as the Bushfire Program Manager. In 2011, he piloted a new workshop format for the Hotspots Program as Facilitator, and in 2012/2013 was the Coordinator of the Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium.  With NCC Greg has helped deliver workshops under the Bushfire Program, including the "Preparing for Fire" workshops. Greg currently concentrates on policy issues under the Healthy Ecosystems Program. Working in natural resource management since 1990, positions in bushfire management include Bushfire Prevention Planning Officer with South Australia NPWS (1990-1992), Fire Management Officer with Sydney Water (1995-1997) and Fire Mitigation/ Community Safety Officer Rural Fire Service Manning Team (2003-2009).

Bob Conroy, B.A.(Geography, Biology), GradDip.EnvStudies, MMgt.

Bob Conroy has more than 35 years of experience in protected area management in both operational and executive roles. Bob has a strong interest in fire management strategy, policy and planning and represented the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more than 10 years on the Bush Fire Coordinating Committee and the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council.  Bob is currently a Deputy Captain with Coal and Candle RFB, now represents the Minister for the Environment on the NSW Bush Fire Coordinating Committee and is a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas. As a Director of ARRDENT Pty Ltd, Mr Conroy has recently undertaken a major fire policy review for Parks Australia and is a member of the AFAC audit of the 2016 Tasmanian bushfires. Bob is the recipient of the National Fire Medal and AFAC Special Acknowledgement Award for Contribution to the Industry and is a Churchill Fellow.

Grahame Douglas, PhD Bushfire Weather and Fire Behaviour

Grahame began his interest is bushfire matters in the late 1980’s representing environmental interests on the then Bush Fire Council. In 1993 he was appointed to the Bush Fire Coordinating Committee. In 1996 he was Environment Officer within the then Department of Bush Fire Services and held a number of positions including Manager, Planning and Environment. Grahame has worked with the NSW Rural Fire Service in the area of community safety for more than 15 years and was responsible for developing the legislative provisions and policy relating to bush fire risk management planning, development control for bushfire prone areas, environmental impact of hazard reduction activities and assisted in initial changes to the NSW variations to the BCA. He was the principal author of Planning for Bushfire Protection in 2001 and 2006 and is currently chair of TAC/20 and represents the FPAA in the review of AS3959 Construction in Bushfire Prone Areas. Grahame now lectures at the Western Sydney University in the Post Graduate Bush Fire Protection. He has completed his PhD in NSW bushfire weather and fire behaviour under the influence of climate change.

Jane Gye, B. Sc. (Hons) Geology and Geophysics, GradDip. EnvEd.

Jane has been a BFAC member since 2006 and a qualified bush regenerator since 1982. Currently a Bushcare supervisor with Ku-ring-gai Council (20 years) and lately with National Trust (15 years) and Hornsby Council (10 years). Committee member of the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators since 2002. Jane was a member and chair of Ku-ring-gai Council's Bushland Management Advisory Committee in the 1990s. 

Jim Morrison, B.A. (Geography and Planning), Grad.Dip. Ecology

Jim is currently the Northern Regional representative on Nature Conservation Council of NSW Executive committee. He was the NCC's representative on Kyogle BFMC for five years and is currently the alternate representative on the Northern Rivers BFMC. Jim was directly involved in the development and implementation of the 'Cultural Connections' model for Indigenous engagement from 2007 - 2010. He was the NCC representative on Native Vegetation and Water Committees and the Upper North Coast Catchment Management Board. Jim is President of the North Coast Environment Council Inc. and has undertaken postgraduate studies in conflict resolution at UNE Armidale.

Robert Pallin

Robert was Chairperson of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW (2000-2005). He is Chairman of the Paddy Pallin group of companies and member of NPWS South Coast Advisory Committee. Robert is currently the NCC’s Representative on the Illawarra Bush Fire Management Committee, the Lord Howe Island Bush Fire Management Committee the Bush Fire Co-ordinating Committee and the Rural Fire Service Advisory Council. He was a councillor on Ku-ring-gai Council (1991 to 1995) and chaired the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Bush Fire Management Committee.

Prof. Don White, BEng, CEng, FIChemE

Don is the Chairperson of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW. He is a Manager and Engineer by training and profession and is now an Adjunct A/Professor in Engineering at the University of Sydney. Don was a Board member of the Environmental Protection Authority NSW 2008-12. He is also a Volunteer Fire-fighter and Publicity Officer for the Laguna Fire Brigade, Coordinator of Green Shareholders, Member of the Environmental Trust Waste Committee, the Load Based Licencing technical Review Panel of EPA and a member of the Contaminated Lands Auditor accreditation panel of EPA.  Don has been a keen volunteer Bush Regenerator and is the Local Resident Group Coordinator.

Michelle Rose, BEd, MEnvEd

Michelle commenced her employment with Nature Conservation Council of NSW in January 2013 and currently manages the Bushfire Program. She has held various roles with NCC's Healthy Ecosystems program including work on projects such as Hotspots Fire Project, Bushfire Conference organisation and Walgett Cultural Fire Forum. Michelle has many years of experience in community engagement initiatives including a recent role with Ku-ring-gai Council, delivering collaborative workshops with communities and emergency agencies to strengthen community capacity to prepare and recover from bushfires. She is NCC’s representative on the Sutherland Bushfire Management Committee