Reference Panel for the Investigation into the Government’s tree management practices and the renewal of Canberra’s urban forest

The members of the Reference Panel are:

Mr Alan Kerlin

Alan is the president of the Gungahlin Community Council and is a resident of Harrison. He is an advocate of sustainable housing design, and has a history in natural resource management as a former Landcare manager and a former local government Councillor. He has previously served as a community representative on the ACT Planning Minister's Territory Plan Review Reference Panel.

Dr Dianne Firth

Dianne is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Head of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and Deputy Chair of the ACT Heritage Council. Her research interests cover the designed landscape of Canberra, its values and management.

Professor Don Aitkin AO

Don is presently the Chairman of the National Capital Authority and of the Cultural Facilities Corporation. In a former life he was Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Canberra (1991-2002), and founding Chairman of the Australian Research Council (1987-1990). 

Dr Dorothy Jauncey

Dorothy has been a teacher and principal in the ACT public schools system from 1978 until 1992. After completing a PhD, she has undertaken research at ANU, where she is now a Visiting Fellow. She has lived in Yarralumla for 35 years, her family have all grown up there, and she is interested and involved in planning issues as they impact at the local community level.

Ms Gabrielle Hurley

Gabrielle has studied environmental law at the Australian National University graduating with a masters of law in 2009 and has significant experience conducting administrative investigations. She is Director of Investigations at the Australian Capital Territory Ombudsman and is representing this Office.

Mr Geoff Butler

Geoff has worked in many aspects of horticulture and environment for 38 years. He has been involved with tree assessment and maintenance during that time. He has been self employed for 18 years, during which time he has undertaken tree assessment work in Canberra, including preparation of tree management plans and conservation management plans. His main areas of work have been centred on National Lands in the ACT for the NCA and private contractors working for the NCA.

Dr Greg Moore

Greg was Principal of Burnley College (Melbourne) for 20 years and Head of the School of Resource Management, University of Melbourne for 5 years. He is interested in horticultural plant science, revegetation, ecology, and all aspects of arboriculture (the scientific study of the cultivation and management of trees). He has written one book, contributed to two others and had 90 papers and articles relating to trees published.

Ms Lyndal Plant

Lyndal is the Principal Urban Forest Policy Officer with Brisbane City Council. She is a graduate of James Cook University and a Churchill Fellow with 20 years experience in local government tree management. Lyndal recently completed a review of Brisbane City Council's tree policies.