Expert Panel for Canberra Nature Park (nature reserves); the Molonglo River Corridor (nature reserves) and Googong Foreshores Investigation

The members of the Expert Panel are:

Dr David Shorthouse

David retired in early 2007 after a career in the ACT and Commonwealth Public Services where he worked with a variety of land planning and management agencies including the ACT Parks and Conservation Service, the National Capital Development Commission, National Capital Planning Authority, Australian Government’s World Heritage Unit, and Environment ACT.  From 1994 -2007, David was responsible for wildlife research and monitoring in the ACT, preparation of conservation strategies for threatened communities and species in the ACT and threatened species recovery and work with NSW agencies on regional planning for natural ecosystems and threatened species. In retirement David undertakes some consultancy work, community advocacy, and is Visiting Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University where he participates in an ecological research program of woodland recovery.

Dr Lyn Hinds

Lyn has extensive research experience in wildlife biology and management of vertebrate pests, including the development of benign, novel biotechnological approaches for fertility control and containment, both nationally and internationally.  In addition to her extensive research experience, Lyn has held several positions on various scientific and advisory committees and has well established industrial and international connections in her field of research.

Mr Robert de Castella

Rob was Australian of the Year in 1983, chaired the ACT Health Promotion Board for eight years and headed the Australian Institute of Sport prior to establishing his own company (SmartStart) to focus on promoting and encouraging community health, fitness and wellbeing.  Since losing his house in the 2003 Canberra fires, and being a member of the ACT Government's Bushfire Recovery Taskforce, he has worked with the Government and the community to establish Stromlo Forest Park and the Stromlo Running Festival.

Rob established Deeks Health Bakeries in 2006.

Rob is currently a Board member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and Chairs the Selection Committee, and is a popular corporate speaker and TV sports commentator.

He has four children aged from 26 to 4 years, still runs most days and in 2009 graded to 2nd Dan black belt in Traditional Okinawian Goju Ryu karate.

Dr Sarah Ryan

Sarah has a PhD in agriculture and extensive experience in natural resource research planning and management.  Sarah has been Chair of the ACT Natural Resource Management Council since its inception in 2005, is Deputy Chair of the National Working Group of Natural Resource Management Chairs and is a member of the University of Canberra Council with special responsibilities in environment and sustainability.

Professor Tony Peacock

Tony is Chief Executive of the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IA CRC) and is a Professor at the University of Canberra.  The IA CRC is the world's largest collaborative effort on minimising the impact of feral animals, involving over 40 organisations from four countries.